PART ONE: 1885-1911; PART TWO: 1911-1920, LONDON
Winner of the 2015 Ezra Pound Society Book Prize
A. David Moody is a Professor Emeritus of the University of York, and the author of the acclaimed Thomas Stearns Eliot: Poet (Cambridge University Press: 1979, 1994).
The story of Pound's early years is riveting, and well told by David Moody. Mark Ford, Financial Times Magazine The first volume of this grand opus is a significant event. Andrew Motion, The Guardian Book of the Week Professor David Moody...here portrays the first half of this astonishing poet's astonishing life. It is an authoritative and discriminating account, built on thoroughgoing research. Michael Alexander, The Tablet Moody's fine biography... makes the young Ezra Pound newly impressive and newly appealing. Kevin Jackson, Sunday Times [Moody] marshals Pound's staggering output of poetry, prose and correspondence to excellent effect, and offers clear, perceptive commentary on it. The Economist Moody communicates the central truth of this odd, driven life: that Pound lived for poetry, and lived his life according to what he saw as its demands. Peter McDonald, Literary Review This exemplary biography illuminates and exposes [Pound] with his warts and contradictions intact. Andrew Biswell, THES a splendid volume Yorkshire Post A serious searching biography. The Scotsman wonderful first instalment of the Pound story... a very satisfying biography. Jonathan Wright, The Herald (Glasgow) Moody's detailed narrative...tries to recapture the excitingness and literary brilliance of the colourful young troubadour Stefan Collini, TLS