POUND, Ezra (1885-1972). Seven typed letters signed ('Ez. P.', 'Ezra Pound', 'E. Pound' or 'E. P.') to Harold Nicolson, 27 August 1935 - 21 February 1936 (some undated), together approximately 19 pages, 4to, with over 100 words in holograph added in margins, most on personal stationery.
'YOU ARE NOT WORTH THIS LETTER'. Nicolson attacked Pound's Jefferson and/or Mussolini in the pages of the Daily Telegraph, and received this vitriolic barrage in reply: 'It is a pleasure to be called confused in a paper like the Telegraph which is hired to lie. You are not worth this letter. But as you are engaged in shovelling language into the public maw it might be of use to others. I mean if it cd. knock you into ten minutes clarity. A generation of british lice can't understand the difference between moving in a straight line, without marking every step in the argument, and the kind of smoke screen which the banks put up. And you know it. And you know a little of the international INFAMY back of say your (is he a pal) Eden??' (letter of 27 August 1935). In the letter of 14 February 1936 Pound denounces 'the kind of noise made by well-fed Britons, who have never been up against material difficulties, when presented with any idea or historic fact not accepted by Regius profs or other hirelings of the bank pimps and Beckett shops.' The correspondance continues with a barrage of abuse against Nicolson and other critics ('pompous apes'), Chamberlain ('bloody swine'), Keynes ('utterly false'), Eden ('bank pimped'), and the recipient of a future canto, 'the founder of the STANK of England, and that enemy of god and man Rothschild (ferget which god damn bloodsucking kike) ... May hell shit on all edens ... Sassoons, ass oons ... '
Sir Harold Nicolson (1886-1968), MP, author and husband of Vita Sackville-West, was, in spite of a brief association with Sir Oswald Moseley during his 'New Party' phase, one of the relatively small number of MPs who were alert to the threat of fascism in the early 1930s -- perhaps an explanation for the even more than usually bilious tone of Pound's letters. (7)