It's crucial to a stidy of the Pound/Eliot relationship.
"... with the disappearance of the idea of Original Sin, with
the disappearance of the idea of intense moral struggle, the
human beings presented to us both in poetry and in prose fiction
to-day, and more patently among the serious writers than in the
underworld of letters, tend to become less and less real. It is
in fact in moments or moral and spiritual struggle depending upon
spiritual sanctions, rather than in those `bewildering minutes'
in which we are all very much alike, that men and women come
nearest to being real. If you do away with this struggle, and
maintain that by tolerance, benevolence, inoffensiveness and a
redistribution or increase of purchasing power, combined with
a devotion, on the part of an elite, to Art, the world will be
as good as anyone could require, then you must expect human be-
ings to become more and more vaporous. This is exactly what we
find of the society which Mr. Pound puts in Hell, in his DRAFT
OF XXX CANTOS."
AFTER STRANGE GODS. London: Faber, 1934: 42.
Also important to see what was on E.'s mind at the time.
Then of course there is always the Jewish reference.
From: Carrol Cox [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Wednesday, February 11, 2004 12:47 PM
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Subject: Re: Eliot's article
On the subject of whether a library should have the book or not, how
many copies were printed when it was published? (I'm assuming that it
never sold more than the first printing??)
There may not have been enough copies around for every 'major' library
(however one defines 'major') to get one. It's not really a very
important book is it?