EZRA POUND: POETA Portrait of the Man and his Work 
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007-2015.


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I.     The Young Genius 1885-1920. OUP, 2007.

II.   The Epic Years 1921-1939. OUP, 2014.

III.  The Tragic Years 1939-1972. OUP, 2015.




"There is a great deal more to the full story of Ezra Pound than is allowed for in the received ideas which would make of him simply an outcast or an icon, or both. There is more of the human comedy; and in his end there is a tragedy to arouse horror, compassion, and awed comprehension. He was in his own way a hero of his culture, a genuine representative of both its more enlightened impulses and its self-destructive contradictions. And his poetry is prophetic, at once revealing something of the mystery of the contemporary money-dominated and market-oriented Western world, and envisioning a wiser way of living."

(A. David Moody, Preface)






 I. The Young Genius 1885-1920

 II. The Epic Years 1921-1939

III.  The Tragic Years 1939-1972

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Paul Dean in The New Criterion

Andrew Motion in The Guardian

Peter Nicholls in Modernism/modernity








David Mason in The Wall Street Journal

Tim Redman in Make It New

Matthew Sperling in The Literary Review








Alex Marsh in Make It New 

Alexander Adams at spiked

Rob Spence at Shiny New Books 






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A. David Moody was born in New Zealand in 1932 and is a graduate of the University of New Zealand and an Oxford MA.  He taught at the University of Melbourne, and from 1966 until retirement at the University of York of which he is a professor emeritus of English & American literature. 


Interview with Prof. David Moody in Make It New 3.1 (June 2016): 35-46. Part I

Interview with Prof. David Moody in Make It New 3.2 (September 2016): 32-41. Part II









Virginia Woolf.  (Writers and Critics no. 25). Edinburgh: Oliver & Boyd, New York: Grove Press, 1963. 

Skakespeare: The Merchant of Venice.  (Studies in English Literature no.21). London: Edward Arnold, 1964. 

T. S. Eliot 1888-1965, Catalogue of an exhibition of manuscripts and books.  York: University of York Library, 1972. 

(Editor) “The Waste Land” in Different Voices.  London:  Edward Arnold, 1974. 

Thomas Stearns Eliot: Poet.  London and New York: Cambridge UP, 1980, 1994.  Print.  Ebook, 1999.

At the Antipodes: Homage to Paul Valéry.  Pateley Bridge: Bedlam Press, 1982. 

News Odes. The El Salvador Sequence.  Pateley Bridge: Bedlam Press, 1984. 

(Editor) The Cambridge Companion to T. S. Eliot.  Cambridge & New York: Cambridge UP, 1994.  Print.  Ebook.

Tracing T. S. Eliot’s Spirit: Essays on His Poetry and Thought.  Cambridge:  Cambridge UP, 1996. 

Ezra Pound: Poet.  A Portrait of the Man and His Work. I: The Young Genius 1885-1920.  Oxford and New York: Oxford UP, 2007. 

(Editor with Mary de Rachewiltz and Joanna Moody) Ezra Pound to his Parents. Letters 1895-1929.  Oxford & New York: Oxford UP, 2010. 

Ezra Pound: Poet. A Portrait of the Man and His Work. II: The Epic Years 1921-1939.  Oxford and New York: Oxford UP, 2014.  Print and Ebook.

Ezra Pound: Poet. A Portrait of the Man and His Work. III: The Tragic Years 1939-1972. Oxford & New York: Oxford UP, 2015.  Print and Ebook.



T. S. Eliot: Prufrock to Ash-Wednesday.  (Tape recording and booklet.) London: British Council, 1978.

 T. S. Eliot’s Plays.  A Recorded Discussion.  Brighton: Sussex Tapes, 1979.


Contributions to Books and Journals

 "Poets without a Tradition." Blackfriars XXXVIII, 448-9 (1957): 331-6.

"Nevil Shute's Apocalypse." Melbourne Critical Review 2 (1959): 100-105.

"The Complex Life: an Approach to To the Lighthouse.Melbourne Critical Review 3 (1960): 80-93.

"Henry James's Portrait of an Ideal." Melbourne Critical Review 4 (1961): 77-92.

"A Note on Hugh Kenner's 'Eliot Book.'” Meanjin Quarterly XX.2 (July 1961):.223-6.

"Poetry Chronicle." Meanjin Quarterly XX.4 (1961): 492-508.

"The Unmasking of Clarissa Dalloway." Review of English Literature III.1 (1962): 66-79.

"Retreating from Literature: Scholarism and Ideology." Melbourne Critical Review 6 (1963): 110-122.

"The Poems of Gwen Harwood." Meanjin Quarterly XXII.4 (1963): 418-21.

"Macbeth as a Killing of 'Conscience.'" Opinion: Journal of the South Australian English Teachers Association IX. 1 (May 1965): 8-17.

"Recent Poetry in New Zealand." Landfall: A New Zealand Quarterly XX.2 (June 1966): 189-97.

"An Essay on Criticism." Essays in Criticism XVII.4 (1967): 495-504.

"An Apology for Reviewers." Cambridge Quarterly IV.3 (1969): 285-92.

"Johnson's Poems: Textual Problems and Critical Readings." The Library: Transactions of the Bibliographical Society, 5th series, XXVI. 1 (1971): 22-38.

"The Creative Critic: Johnson's Revisions of London and The Vanity of Human Wishes.Review of English Studies n.s. XXII, 86 (May 1971): 137-50.

"Broken Images/Voices Singing: The Waste Land Drafts.Cambridge Quarterly VI.1 (1972): 45-58.

"For James K. Baxter." Meanjin Quarterly XXXII.2 (June 1973): 219-23.

"To fill all the desert with inviolable voice." "The Waste Land" in Different Voices.  Ed. A.D.Moody.  London: Edward Arnold, 1974. 47-66.  

"Pound's Allen Upward." Paideuma IV. 1 (1975): 54-70.

"The Secret History of Four Quartets." Cambridge Quarterly VIII.2 (1978): 164-79.

"Pound's Cantos I - III: Craft and Vision." Agenda XVII.3-XVIII. 1 (1979/80): 103-117.

"Learning to Read The Cantos." Times Higher Education Supplement 308 (1 Feb. 1980): 14-15.

"Henry James in Babylon." London Review of Books 11.12 (19 June -2 July 1980): 13-14.

"The Democracy of The Cantos." Times Literary Supplement 4038 (15 August 1980): 917.

"Wyndham Lewis: The Artist as Intellectual Superman." Times Higher Education Supplement 414 (10 October 1980): 10-11.

"Self, Fact and Fiction: The Makings of T. S. Eliot." Collaborations 1.2 (Autumn 1980): 62-74.

"Artful Voices: T. S. Eliot's Dramatic Verse." Agenda XVIII.4 (1981): 112-119.

'"Phebi claro' by Starlight." Modern Language Review LXXVI.4 (1981): 769-79.

"Making Cosmos in the Wreckage of Europe: The Pisan Cantos." Paideuma XI.l (1982): 135-46.

"Telling it like it's not: Ted Hughes and Craig Raine." Yearbook of English Studies 17 (1987): 166-78.

"H.D.,'Imagiste': an elemental mind." Agenda XXV.3-4 (1987/8): 77-96.

"The Experience and the Meaning: Ash-Wednesday." Approaches to Teaching Eliot's Poetry and Plays. Ed. Jewel Spears Brooker. New York: The Modern Language Association of America, 1988.  97-102.

"T. S. Eliot's Passage to India." Yearly Review (Delhi), no.3 (December 1989): 29-45.

"Henry James's Portrait of an Ideal." The Magic Circle of Henry James: Essays in Honour of Darshan Singh Maini. Eds. Amrijit Singh and K. Ayyappa Paniker. New York: Envoy Press, 1989. 21-40 [reprinted from Melbourne Critical Review no.4 (1961), pp.77-92]. 

"Eliot's Formal Invention." T. S. Eliot: Man and Poet I.  Ed. Laura Cowan.  Orono, Maine:  National Poetry Foundation, 1990. 21-34. 

"T. S. Eliot: The American Strain." The Placing of T. S. Eliot. Ed. Jewel Spears Brooker. Columbia and London: U of Missouri Press, 1991. 77-89.

"The Adams Cantos: History Set to Music." Ezra Pound and America. Ed. Jacqueline Kaye. London: Macmillan, 1992. 79-92.

"T. S. Eliot's Passage to India." The Fire and the Rose: New Essays on T. S. Eliot.  Ed. Vinod Sena and Rajiva Verma.  Bombay, Calcutta, Madras: Oxford University Press, 1992. 25-43. [reprinted from Yearly Review (Delhi), no.3 (December 1989): 29-45.]

"Bel Esprit and the Malatesta Cantos: A post-Waste Land conjunction of Pound and Eliot." Ezra Pound and Europe.  Ed. Richard Taylor and Claus Melchior. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1993. 79-91.

"The Cantos of Ezra Pound. 'To Build Light.'" Platonism and the English Imagination. Ed. Anna Baldwin and Sarah Hutton. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1994. 308-18.

"'The Mind of Europe' in T. S. Eliot". T. S. Eliot at the Turn of the Century. Ed. Marianne Thormählen. Lund: Lund UP, 1994. 13-32.

"Four Quartets.” Music, Word, Meaning and Value". The Cambridge Companion to T. S. Eliot. Ed. A. David Moody. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge UP, 1994. 142-57.

'"They dug him up out of sepulture': Pound, Erigena and Fiorentino.” Paideuma XXV.l & 2 (1996): 241-7.

"Dante as the Young Pound's Virgil: Some Early Drafts & Fragments." Agenda XXXIV.3-4 (1996-97): 65-88.

"L'intelligenza e individuale." Ezra Pound Educatore.  A cura di Luca Gallesi. Milano: Terziaria, 1997. 75-93. 

“Ezra Pound with Two-Pronged Fork of Terror and Cajolery: The Construction of His Anti-Semitism (up to 1939).” Jewish Themes in English and Polish Culture.  Eds. Irena Janicka-Świderska, Jerzy Jarnewicz and Adam Sumera.  Łódź: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Łódzkiego, 2000. 149-69.  [Also in Paideuma 29.3 (2000): 59-84.]

'"The walk there is good poetry': The missing Rochecouart notebook." Paideuma 29.3 (2000): 235-41.

'"The luminous eye': note sul neoplatonismo nei Cantos." Diorama (Firenze): L’universo intellettuale di Ezra Pound, no. 239 (2000): 40-7.

“Doing the Voices in The Waste Land.” CIEFL Bulletin (Hyderabad), n.s. 11.1-2 (2001): 81-3.

“Directio Voluntatis: Pound’s Economics in the Economy of The Cantos.” Ezra Pound e l’economia. A cura di Luca Gallesi.  Milano: Edizione Ares, 2001.  [Also in Paideuma 32 (2003): 187-203.]

"The Pisan Cantos of Ezra Pound." A Companion to Twentieth-century Poetry in English.  Ed. Neil Roberts.  Oxford: Blackwell, 2001. 469-80.

“Kipling in Eliot and in Pound: A Measure of their difference.” Studies in Literature and Culture in honour of Professor Irena Janicka-Świderska.  Ed. Maria Edelson.  Łódź: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Łódzkiego, 2002. 153-8. 

"Bel Esprit"; "Cantos LII-LXI ('China')"; "Cantos -LXXII-LXXI ('John Adams')"; "Discretions"; "T. S. Eliot." The Ezra Pound Encyclopaedia.  Ed. Demetres P. Tryphonopoulos and Stephen Adams. Westport CT: Greenwood Inc., 2005.

“Ezra Pound with Two-Pronged Fork of Terror and Cajolery: The Construction of His Anti-Semitism (up to 1939).” B & B; les vrais actes of the 16th & 17th International Ezra Pound Conferences, Brantôme en Aquitaine July 14-16 1995 and Brunnenburg in Italy 12-15 July 1997. Ed. Leonardo Clerici.  Bruxelles: Istituto di Skriptura, [2005]. 1-27.

“Ezra Pound educatore: That intelligence is individual.” B & B; les vrais actes of the 16th & 17th International Ezra Pound Conferences, Brantôme en Aquitaine July 14-16 1995 and Brunnenburg in Italy 12-15 July 1997. Ed. Leonardo Clerici.  Bruxelles: Istituto di Skriptura, [2005]. 51-72.

“Hell’s own merry noise. Ezra Pound’s Left Bank years.” A Commentary. Times Literary Supplement (19 September 2014): 14-15.

“Ezra Pound and Italian Fascism: A Nuanced Perspective.” Signature, 23 Dec. 2015.  Web. 3 Jan. 2016.  Free online.



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