POUND, EZRA Typed letter signed, two pages on two sheets of Pounds Rapallo stationery, with printed Anno XIII/1935 year a...
, two pages on two sheets of Pound's Rapallo stationery, with printed "Anno XIII/1935" year and dated 18 December by typewriter. 11 x 9 inches (28 x 23 cm); addressed to the English historian A. F. Pollard, approximately 35 lines with occasional corrections in Pound's hand in ink. Sheets with usual folds, framed with a portrait.
An extraordinary piece of invective by Pound directed against Albert Frederick Pollard, best known for his scholarship on the Tudor period. Pollard was also a strong supporter of the League of Nations, and it was apparently in this role that he had antagonized Pound. This letter was written at the time of the Abyssinia crisis in 1935, during which (in November) Mussolini invaded Ethiopia. The League of Nations initiated sanctions against Italy that same month, and it is clear that Pound, who enthusiastically backed Mussolini, was profoundly rankled by this. He was very much against the League, and had written The Case against Geneva in the New English Weekly of November 14, 1935, an article referred to in this diatribe. Typical of the tenor of this letter he writes "You represent the sum of human dishonesty ... There is no dastardliness which you can't commit and deny within the space of five minutes. You care no more for justice than a gnat's ear..."
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