David Ten Eyck 







Ezra Pound's Adams Cantos. London and New York: Bloomsbury, 2012.


  “...David Ten Eyck offers a careful and lucid analysis of Pound's interest in John Adams, which crystallize in the 'Adams Cantos'. By giving us fine close readings, and by looking at these Cantos in the context of Pound's life and development of his political and social views, Ten Eyck successfully counters the general negative critical reception of this part of Pound's magnum opus, also in terms of its poetic quality. He convincingly demonstrates how Pound's use of the Adams material is a new development in his 'historical method' and in the textual evolution of the poem, making his study an indispensable tool for any reader of Pound's work”

(Peter Liebregts, Leiden University).











Table of Contents


 List of Abbreviations

 Notes on the Text

 Introduction: Ezra Pound's 'Adams Paideuma'

1. The Genesis and Composition of the Adams Cantos \

2. 'Including History': The Evolution of Ezra Pound's Documentary Method in the 1920s and 1930s

3. Reading the Adams Cantos

4. The Representation of History and Law in the Adams Cantos

5. The Adams Cantos and Ezra Pound's Social Criticism of the 1930s and 1940s

6. The Continuing Importance of the 'Adams Paideuma' in Ezra Pound's Late Cantos


A. A Selection of Pound's College Notes on Colonial and Revolutionary America

B. Pound's 1931 Reading Notes for the Works of John Adams

C. Tables of Reference in Pound's Copies of the Works of John Adams

D. 'Confucio Totalitario' (1939)

E. Unpublished Material on John Adams and the American Revolution from the Thrones Poetry

Notebook \

Notes \

Bibliography \









Sean Pryor. In Modernism/modernity 20.3 (2013): 615-617. Extract.

Peter Liebregts. In Make It New 1.1 (May 2014): 7-10. Read online











2002, D.Phil Worcester College, Oxford University

1999, M.Phil St. Anne’s College, Oxford University

1997, B.A. Marist College, U.S.A.


Current Affiliation

David Ten Eyck is lecturer in American and British Literature at the University of Lorraine, France. 









 Current Projects

David Ten Eyck is currently working as the junior editor, in collaboration with Ronald Bush, on a new critical of Ezra Pound’s Pisan Cantos. This edition is in its final stages will be published in three volumes by Oxford University Press (probable publication date 2015). It traces the compositional and publication history of the sequence from the war-time drafts that Pound wrote in Italian to the final modifications made by New Directions to the published text of the poems in the 1970s. The section of the edition on which David Ten Eyck has been most actively involved offers a newly edited text of the Pisan Cantos (based primarily upon the typescript Pound produced while incarcerated at the D.T.C.) together with a critical apparatus that provides a full history of all textual variants.

In parallel with this work on the Pisan Cantos, David Ten Eyck is continuing to produce a series of scholarly volumes on Book History and Textual Scholarship as part of an ongoing project at the University of Lorraine in France.








Ezra Pound’s Adams Cantos . London: Bloomsbury, 2012.



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