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New Directions has been the primary publisher of Ezra Pound in the U.S. since the founding of the press when James Laughlin published New Directions in Prose and Poetry 1936. That year Pound was fifty-one. In Laughlin's first letter to Pound, he wrote: "Expect, please, no fireworks. I am bourgeois-born (Pittsburgh); have never missed a meal... But full of 'noble caring' for something as inconceivable as the future of decent letters in the US." Little did Pound know that into the twenty-first century the fireworks would keep exploding as readers continue to find his books relevant and meaningful. Richard Sieburth has edited Ezra Pound's Poems & Translations, New Selected Poems and Translations, The Pisan Cantos and A Walking Tour in Southern France.
"It is in The Pisan Cantos that we can approach Pound most closely as a person." -- James Laughlin - Pound As Wuz "Sieburth has done a strikingly good job...His introduction...is a model of its kind...a serious work of criticism." -- Clive Wilmer - Times Literary Supplement "The introduction is one of the best short essays [on Pound] I have read." -- Marjorie Perloff - Boston Review