Imagism: Essays on Its Initiation, Impact, and Influence
Edited by John Gery, Daniel Kempton, and H.R. Stoneback

218 pages • $24.95 • ISBN: 9781608011131 • Add to Cart

This collection of new essays explores the well-known yet rarely investigated movement of Imagist poets and poetics. Launched in the British Museum tearoom by Ezra Pound with H.D. and Richard Aldington in April 1912, Imagism was rooted in earlier movements, yet its influence has reached across the literary world. Framed by an introduction on Imagism’s embattled cultural heritage and an afterword recording its echoes as far off as China, this book offers a blueprint of the historical, theoretical, and literary prevalence of Imagism from its inception until now. 

 “Not much in the annals of literature has been SO NEW as Imagism. These essays—lively, learned, concise, and wide-ranging—take us in two directions: back a hundred years to those heady days when Ezra Pound and his colleagues shook the world with their wild ideas, and forward to our oß wn day when the legacy of Imagism is still very much with us. The writers here make it all new—again.”

—Jane Eblen Keller, University of Baltimore, Aldington and Durrell scholar, biographer of Elizabeth Madox Roberts 

John Gery, Research Professor at the University of New Orleans, directs the Ezra Pound Center for Literature, Brunnenburg, Italy. A prolific poet, he has co-edited two recent anthologies of poetry, The Poets of the Sala Capizucchi (with Caterina Ricciardi and Massimo Bacigalupo, UNO Press, 2011), and In Place of Love and Country (with Richard Parker, Crater, 2013), as well as Ezra Pound: Ends and Beginnings: Essays and Poems (with William Pratt, AMS, 2011). 

Daniel Kempton, Associate Professor of English at SUNY New Paltz, is a founding member of the International Richard Aldington Society and co-editor (with H. R. Stoneback) of four volumes of proceedings from that society’s biennial conference. He has published articles on the medievalism of Aldington and Ezra Pound.

H. R. Stoneback, a poet and editor, is Distinguished Professor of English at SUNY New Paltz. He has published hundreds of essays on American, British, Chinese, and French literature and is the author or editor of 30 books of literary criticism and poetry. Recent volumes include Reading Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises (Kent State University Press, 2007) and Voices of Women Singing (Codhill Press, 2011).

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