POUND, Ezra. Two typed letters signed ('Ezra Pound' and 'Ezra') to Babette Deutsch, offices of The Little Review, 5 Holland Place Chambers, London, and Via Marsala 12-5, Rapallo, 29 November 1918 and [no day given] 1935, together three pages, 4to, envelope (letter of 1935 worn at margins); Typed letter signed by Homer L. Pound to William Marion Ready, U.S. Mint, Philadelphia, 6 February 1918, 2 pages, 4to.
Pound writes in 1918 in response to Deutsch's article in Reedy's Mirror, commenting 'your picture of the gentleman at the window entertained me', and sharing his entertainment, commenting in parenthesis 'What else is one to do? One can not drink in the cellar; and one's nostrils decline to subside into a complete and befitting insensibility', mentioning his Homage à la Langue D'Oc and Homage to Sextus Propertius, and concluding with an invitation to Deutsch to contribute to the American side of The Little Review: 'the number of people who read a book before writing about it is so very limited'. In 1935, Pound responds to an application to include some of his poems in an anthology, 'Yes I remember friendly acts of yours in the past. And every god damn anthologist etc puts up a long wail about his or her special claims to favour', complaining about the 'foetid' publishing business and the 'dastardly' behaviour of American writers, with other complaints, fixing his fee at $25.
Homer L. Pound writes to the editor of Reedy's Mirror in response to Babette Deutsch's article, offering for his interest Ezra Pound's earliest attempts in verse, a limerick on an election defeat of William J. Bryan, and 'The Dawn Song'.
Babette Deutsch's article in Reedy's Mirror of 21 December 1917, entitled 'Ezra Pound, Vorticist', was a eulogistic response to Pound's collection Lustra. Pound's charge per poem for anthologists (which was five guineas in England) was unusually high (Humphrey Carpenter comments that 'This was at a time when Americans could eat for a dollar a day in Europe', A Serious Character, 1988, p.504), and shocked Yeats when he applied to include 13 of Pound's poems in his Oxford Book of Modern Verse (1936) -- Yeats at the time was charging two guineas, and commented drily 'It is clear that I shall have to raise my charge'. (3)