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FICTION ABOUT POUND

(list compiled by Archie Henderson, November 2017, updated 15 October 2021)

 

 

Note: The following list includes works of fiction or fictionalized autobiography in which Pound appears as a character under his own name or under one assigned to him by the author.  Some of these works are listed in Ira B. Nadel, "The Lives of Pound," in Ezra Pound in Context, ed. Ira B. Nadel (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010), p. 166.

 

 

[Spero, Leopold].  Panorama. New York: Hillman-Curl, Inc., 1935

Aiken, Conrad.  Ushant: An Essay.  New York: Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1952 [Ezra Pound appears as Rabbi Ben Ezra]. Free online.

Aldington, Richard.  "Nobody's Baby."  Soft Answers.  London: Chatto & Windus, 1932 [the character Charlesmagne Cox, a musician, is modeled on Pound]

Aldington, Richard.  Death of a Hero.  London: Chatto and Windus, 1929 [the character Frank Upjohn, a painter, is modeled on Pound]

Babyn, André. "Ezra Pound Loses His Dog." Half A Grapefruit Magazine, October 7, 2019. Free online.

Barthelme, Donald. The King.  New York: Harper & Row, 1990

Bass, Cynthia. Maiden Voyage. New York: Villard, 1996

Baxter, Charles. "The Old Fascist in Retirement." A Relative Stranger: Stories. New York: W.W. Norton, 1990. Rpt. in The Story Behind the Story: 26 Writers and How They Work, eds. Peter Turchi and Andrea Barrett; with an introd. by Richard Russo. New York and London: W.W. Norton, 2004, pp. 63-77, followed by Baxter's discussion of the story, pp. 78-82.

Bedard, Michael. The Green Man. Toronto: Tundra Books, 2012.

Bibesco, H. "Lunch with Uncle Ez." Atlantic Monthly 240.2 (August 1977): 55-58

Binelli, Mark. Sacco and Vanzetti must Die! Normal, Ill., and London: Dalkey Archive Press, 2006

Butler, Robert Olen. The Hemingway Valise. New York: Mysterious Bookshop, 2018

Carlile, Clancy. The Paris Pilgrims: A Novel. New York: Carroll & Graf, 1999

Chace, William M. "Ezra Pound: Rapallo, 1927." AfterWord: Conjuring the Literary Dead. Ed. Dale Salwak. Iowa City, IA: U of Iowa P, 2011. 65-75.

Chapman, Con. "Me and Ezra Pound, Back Home Again in Indiana." Gerbil News Network, January 27, 2019. Free online. Rpt. in Chapman,  Dead Writers Make More Money (Kindle format, 2020).

Clarke, John.  The Tournament.  London: Robinson, 2003

Cournos, John.  Babel.  New York, Boni and Liveright, 1922 [Ezra Pound appears as Tobias Bagg in "Ghost Seeker" (pp. 236–248)]. Free online.

Cournos, John. The Mask. London: Methuen, 1919 [Ezra Pound appears as Tobias Bagg, pp. 291-292]. Free online.

Cournos, John.  The Wall. London: Methuen & Co. Ltd.; New York: George H. Doran Company, 1921 [Tobias Bagg is mentioned on p. 159]. Free online.

Coyne, Kevin. "Ezra Pound in his Cage." Show Business. London and New York: Serpent's Tail, 1993

H. D. Asphodel. Durham and London: Duke University Press, 1992 [Pound as the poet George Lowndes]

H. D. Bid Me to Live, A Madrigal.  New York, Grove Press [1960] [Pound as Lett Barnes]

H. D. HERmione. New York: New Directions, 1981 [written in 1927; Pound as the poet George Lowndes]

H. D. Paint It Today.  New York and London: New York University Press, 1992 [written in 1921; Pound as Raymond]

H. D. The Sword Went Out to Sea (Synthesis of a Dream), by Delia Alton.  Ed. and Intro. Cynthia Hogue and Julie Vandivere.  Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2007 [written in 1946-7; Pound as Allen Flint]

Davenport, Guy. "C. Musonius Rufus." The Hudson Review 29.1 (Spring 1976): 19-44. Rpt. in Davenport, Da Vinci's Bicycle: Ten Stories. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1979, pp. 10-37.

Davey, Kevin. Playing Possum.  Ipswich, Suffolk: Aaaargh! Press, 2017

Davis, Brian Joseph. "Ezra Pound." Portable Altamont. Toronto: Coach House Books, 2005.

Davis, Lydia. "Claim to Fame #1: My Relationship to Ezra Pound." Miracle Monocle 9 (Spring 2017). Free online.

Degher, Darius. "War Story." Sixfold (Summer 2020): 82-93. Free online and here.

Drew, Cynthia. Red Mansions: A Novel. McKinleyville, California: Fithian Press, 2014

Engel, Howard.  Murder in Montparnasse. Woodstock: Overlook Press, 1999

"(Fictional) Correspondence between Ezra Pound and George Antheil." Musical Geography, 2015.  Free online.

Findley, Timothy.  Famous Last Words. Toronto: Clarke, Irwin, 1981

Fowler, Therese Anne.  Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald.  New York: St. Martin's Press, 2013

Gilbert, Bernard. "Poor America!: An Imaginary Conversation. The Exiles." The Double Dealer 8.47 (January 1926): 293-296. Free online.

Hougan, Jim. Kingdom Come: A Novel of Conspiracy. New York: Ballantine Books, 2000

Hyde, Gregory R.  "A  Pound of Ezra."  Four from the Fringe. Arvada, Colo.: BlueDog Books, 2014

Izzo, David.  "The Saga Of Nathan Twine: An Ezra Pound Of Flesh."  Parentheses Journal 1 (March 30, 2017).  Free online.

Jason. The Left Bank Gang. Seattle, Wash.: Fantagraphics Books, 2005

Judge, Michael S. The Scenarists of Europe: A Novel. Victoria, TX: Dalkey Archive Press, 2016

Kessler, Jascha. "An Evening in Babylon." Asylum 4.3 (Fall 1988): 37. Rpt. in Kessler, Siren Songs & Classical Illusions (Kingston, N.Y.: McPherson, 1992), pp. 247-249. Free online (first two pages and last page).

Kessler, Jascha. "Four Literary Encounters" [James Joyce, William Faulkner, T.S. Eliot, Ezra Pound]. Kayak 46 (Summer 1977): 14-17. The last section was rpt. as "Ezra Pound: A Literary Encounter," Speak Without Interruption, March 14, 2012. Excerpt and here.

Leonard, Elmore.  Pronto.  New York: Delacorte Press, 1993

Lewis, Wyndham.  "Doppelgänger: A Story."  Encounter 2.1 (Jan. 1954): 23-33

Luiselli, Valeria. Los ingrávidos. México D.F., México: Sexto Piso, 2011. Translated into English as Faces in the Crowd, trans. Christina MacSweeney (London: Granta, 2012).

Lynford, Lloyd.  "The Quality of the Affection, Part One." [a fiction based on the life of Olga Rudge]. Granta 122 (Winter 2013), Online Edition. See also here and here.

Lynford, Lloyd.  "The Quality of the Affection, Part Two.Granta 122 (Winter 2013), Online Edition. See also here.

McLain, Paula.  The Paris Wife: A Novel.  New York: Ballantine Books, 2011

Miller, Alice. More Miracle than Bird. Portland, Oregon: Tin House Books, 2020

Momus [Nick Currie]. Niche: A Memoir in Pastiche. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2020 [Ezra Pound as one of 217 narrators].

Navarro, Justo.  El espía.  Barcelona: Anagrama, 2011

Núñez, Manuel. El último Sordello. Santo Domingo, República Dominicana: Editorial Letra Gráfica, 2021

O'Connor, Nuala. Nora: A Love Story of Nora and James Joyce. New York: Harper Perennial, 2021

Parry, Jim.  "Prologue: 1971-1972."  Podium Literary Journal (92nd Street Y Unterberg Poetry Center) 9 (ca. 2011). Free online.

Peachment, Christopher. Caravaggio: A Novel. London: Picador, 2002

Pérez Alonso, Paula. El gran plan. Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires: Tusquets Editores, 2016

Phelan, Francis. Four Ways of Computing Midnight. New York: Atheneum, 1985

Polek, Nicolette.  "Winners." New York Tyrant, July 12, 2017. Free online. Rpt. in Polek, Imaginary Museums: Stories. New York: Soft Skull, 2020.

Preston, Alex.  In Love and War.  London: Faber & Faber, 2014

Pron, Patricio.  No derrames tus lágrimas por nadie que viva en estas calles.  Barcelona: Literatura Random House, 2016.  Trans. into English by Mara Faye Lethem as Don't Shed Your Tears for Anyone Who Lives on These Streets. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2020.

Ríos, Julián.  Poundemonium. Barcelona: Edicions del Mall, 1986

Robinson, Daniel.  Death of a Century: A Novel of the Lost Generation.  New York: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc., 2015

Ross, Orna. Dancing in the Wind. 2019? "A Historical Literary Dinner with Ezra and Dorothy Pound, WB Yeats, Iseult Gonne and Georgie Hyde Lees." Excerpt.

Salven, Ed. In Search of the Illuminati: A Novel. Seattle, WA: Finial, 2009

Salzberg, Charles. "Looking Back." Pif Magazine 122 (July 2007). Free online.

Sardelli, Federico Maria.  L'affare Vivaldi.  Palermo: Sellerio, 2015

Scholz, Carter. "A Draft of Canto CI." Afterlives: An Anthology of Stories about Life after Death. Eds. Pamela Sargent and lan Watson. New York: Vintage Books, 1986, pp. 257-267. Rpt. in Scholz, Amount to Carry: Stories (New York: Picador, 2003), pp. 102-110.

Selver, Paul. Schooling. London: Jarrolds, 1924 [Ezra Pound appears as Eli Peck]

Selver, Paul. Private Life. London: Jarrolds, 1929 [Ezra Pound appears as Eli Peck]

Simmons, Dan. Hyperion Cantos. New York: Doubleday, 1990.

Smith, Rob Magnuson. "How Daniel Zimmerman Kept Ezra Pound Up All Night (II)." Notes from the Underground 3 (March 2009): 10-12

Stead, C.K.  Villa Vittoria.  Auckland, N.Z.: Penguin Books, 1997

Stern, Richard. Stitch.  New York: Harper & Row, 1965. Stern comments on the book in James Marcus's interview with Stern, "Brief Encounter: Richard Stern," House of Mirth, August 2, 2005. Free online.

Stuart, Francis.  Black List, Section H.  Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1971

Tidhar, Lavie. The Lunacy Commission. JABberwocky Literary Agency, Inc., 2021

Wieland, Liza. "Apparition." Sou'wester (Department of English Language and Literature, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville) 38.1 (Fall 2009): 10ff. Excerpt and here.

Wieland, Liza.  Quickening: Stories.  Dallas: Southern Methodist University Press, 2011 ["The Girl with the Radium Eyes," "Pound in Venice"]

Wilkinson, Louis.  The Buffoon.  New York: A.A. Knopf, 1916 [the character Raoul Root is modeled on Pound]

Zukofsky, Louis. Little: For Careenagers. New York: Grossman Publishers, 1970 [Ezra Pound appears as R. Z. Draykup, pp. 121-122, 136, 146-147, 169]. Rpt. by offset in Zukofsky, Collected Fiction, with a Foreword by Gilbert Sorrentino and an Afterword by Paul Zukofsky (Elmwood Park, IL: Dalkey Archive Press, 1990), pp. 1-177.