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FICTION ABOUT POUND

(list compiled by Archie Henderson, November 2017, updated 17 August 2022)

 

 

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, and Jakub Guziur, "Poundoptikum: Obrazy modernistického básníka v současné próze," Ostrava Journal of English Philology 9.1 (2017): 125-142, free online. Also consulted were M.C. Rintoul, Dictionary of Real People and Places in Fiction (London and New York: Routledge, 1993), pp. 750-751, and Michael D. Sollars, Dictionary of Literary Characters (New York: Facts on File, 2011), p. 1985.

 

 

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]

Andriacco, Dan, and Kieran McMullen. The Amateur Executioner: Enoch Hale Meets Sherlock Holmes. London: MX Pub., 2013

Armstrong, Michael A. "All We Need of Hell." Poets in Hell. Ed. Janet Morris and Chris Morris. Centerville, Massachusetts: Perseid Press, 2014. 339-359.

Armstrong, Michael A. Bridge Over Hell. Centerville, Massachusetts: Perseid Press, 2012

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

Bergland, Magnus. "Fishing with Ezra." Zyzzyva 17.2 [no. 62] (Fall 2001): 169-174.

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).

Chesterton, G.K. "The Paradise of Thieves." The Pall Mall Magazine 52.244 (Aug. 1913): 151-161 [Ezza Montano as a satirical portrait of Pound and Marinetti]. Free online. Rpt. in Chesterton, The Wisdom of Father Brown (London, New York, Toronto, and Melbourne: Cassell and Company, Ltd, 1914), pp. 26-54. Free online.

Christmas, Gerry. Reports of My Death: Beyond-the-Grave Confessions of North American Writers. Morrisville, NC: Lulu Press, Inc., 2019

Clark, Tom. "The Gang of Eight." Illustrations by Tom Clark. Exquisite Corpse 2.5-7 [no. 11] (May-July 1984): 12-13. Rpt. in The Stiffest of the Corpse: An Exquisite Corpse Reader, ed. Andrei Codrescu (San Francisco: City Lights Books, 1989), pp. 95-98. Commented on by James Laughlin ("And now the truth is out about The Pound gang. I suspected all along, but Ez was mum. But he paid the price — 12 years in St. Liz. Wyndam was always a bad apple. He abandoned three little bastards. Joyce was a sot. Hem probably buggered antelopes, or worse. Fordie was a terrible liar, but lovable. A bad lot."). (James Laughlin, "The Truth about the Pound Gang," Exquisite Corpse 3.9-10 [no. 13] (Sept.-Oct. 1985): 3, rpt. in The Stiffest of the Corpse, p. 123).

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

Claus, Hugo. Een zachte vernieling. Amsterdam: De Bezige Bij, 1988

Cooney, Michael. In the Forest of Tombolo. [Valatie, N.Y.]: Wilderness Hill Books, 2015

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]

Dallas, Ian. The Ten Symphonies of Gorka König. London and New York: Kegan Paul International, 1989

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.

Deric, Vojislav. In Front Of The Sun, Behind The Moon. Xlibris Corporation, 2013

di Canzio, William. Alec. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2021

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

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

Faucher, Kane X. Epigonesia. Annotated by Tom Bradley. Buffalo, New York: BlazeVOX [books], 2010 [Preface by Ebeneezer Pound, 15-19, free online].

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

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

Fleming, Thomas. Conquerors of the Sky. New York: Forge, 2003

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

Geerken, Hartmut. Moos 58 überschriften. Norderstedt: Books on Demand, 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

Howorth, Lisa. Summerlings: A Novel. New York: Doubleday, 2019

Huddleston, Sisley. Mr. Paname: A Paris Fantasia. London: Butterworth, 1926; New York: George H. Doran Company, 1927

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.

Jameson, Harper, with W.A.W. Parker. The Waste Land. Jamul, CA: Level 4 Press, 2020

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.

Lawrence, D.H. The White Peacock. London: William Heinemann, 1911 [Pound satirized as a "young literary fellow who affected the 'Doady' style" (p. 465)]

Leonard, Elmore. "Elmore Leonard." Three Minutes or Less: Life Lessons from America's Greatest Writers. New York and London: Bloomsbury, 2000, pp. 109-111. Free online (first page, last two pages).

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.

Maher, Kerri. The Paris Bookseller. New York: Berkley, 2022

Manning, Guillermo. "David Rattray, Contemplating the Fire."  Laid Off NYC, 4.Mar. 2021. Free online.

Martone, Michael. "The Greek Letter in the Bed." Alive and Dead in Indiana: Stories. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1984, pp. 70-80. Also published as "Greek Letter in the Bed," Madison Review 8.2 (1986): 16-22 and in Martone, Fort Wayne Is Seventh on Hitler's List: Indiana Stories (Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 1990), pp. 74-82, and Martone, Double-Wide: Collected Fiction (Bloomington, IN: Quarry Books, 2007), pp. 59-65.

McAlmon, Robert. The Nightinghouls of Paris. Edited and with an introduction by Sanford J. Smoller. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2007 [Pound as Elihu Law, p. 113].

McGarry, Jean. "The Last Time." Dream Date: Stories. Baltimore and London: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002, pp. 225-233. Rpt. in So the Story Goes: Twenty-five Years of the Johns Hopkins Short Fiction Series, eds. John T. Irwin and Jean McGarry; with a foreword by John Barth. Baltimore, Md.: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005, pp. 235-242.

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

Newlove, Donald. Curranne Trueheart. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1986

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

Otxoa, Julia. "El emperador sale en carro de guerra." Variaciones sobre un cuadro de Paul Klee. Hondarribia, Spain: Argitaletxe Hiru, 2002, pp. 13-15.

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.

Posner, Matt. Bullet the Poet. Tuscaloosa, Alabama: Wooden Saviour Press, 1995. A short story about the assassination of Ezra Pound.

Pressburger, Giorgio. Nel regno oscuro. Milano: Bompiani, 2008, p. 71. Translated into French by Marguerite Pozzoli as Dans l'obscur royaume: roman (Arles: Actes Sud, 2011).

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.

Quaife, Darlene Barry. Wildnis. Altona, Manitoba: FriesenPress, 2015 [a novel inspired by the life of Else Lücke-Seel].

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 (pen name of Áine McCarthy). A Dance in Time. Dublin: Penguin Ireland, 2008

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

Saroyan, William. "The Great Unwritten American Novel." Inhale & Exhale. New York: Random House, 1936, pp. 249-256. Rpt. in Saroyan, The Gay and Melancholy Flux (London: Faber & Faber, 1937) and Saroyan, Essential Saroyan, ed. with an introd. by William E. Justice (Santa Clara, Calif.: Santa Clara University; Berkeley, Calif.: Heyday Books, 2005), pp. 22-30.

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

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

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]

Zilboorg, Caroline. Transgressions. San Bernardino: Writing From Here, 2011

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.

 

 

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