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C. S. Nott

C. S. NottIf you came this way,
Taking the route you would be likely to take,
From the place you would be likely to come from,
If you came this way in may time, you would find the hedges
White again, in May, with voluptuary sweetness.
T. S. Eliot: Four Quartets: Little Gidding

Stanley Nott knew a number of interesting people, many of them connected with literature. T.S. Eliot was one of them. In fact, one could have a long conversation with him just using literary phrases, like the one above.

Conversations were often carried out with the help of pen and paper as he could not always hear what was being said. On a weekend at his cottage there were hundreds of small pieces of paper flying around. Somehow this method raised the discussion to a higher level as writing down unimportant things made you feel that you were wasting time.

Stanley Nott passed away at the age of 91 in 1978. He was in contact with Gurdjieff from 1924 until 1949 and with the Gurdjieff work until his death.


C. S. Nott

One Must Not Go Altogether with the Tide: The Letters of Ezra Pound and Stanley Nott


Author/Artist: C. S. Nott
ISBN: 077353816X
Publisher: McGill-Queen's University Press
First published: 2011

Ezra Pound (1885-1972) is widely remembered not only as one of the most influential voices in twentieth-century literary modernism, but also for his notorious anti-Semitic writings and radio broadcasts that supported Mussolini's Italian Fascist regime. His ideological turn from poetics and aestheticism to extremist economics and politics has long been an area of controversy within literary studies. One Must Not Go Altogether with the Tide collects the letters between Pound and London publisher Stanley Nott (1887-1978) to open a door to Pound's thinking and publications during the 1930s. Nott, who published Jefferson and/or Mussolini (1935), was an interested and encouraging interlocutor for a poet seeking re-invention as an economist and political commentator - someone who sustained Pound as he swam against the tide. Pound's close involvement with his publisher illuminates an important episode in literary modernism as well as for the study of print culture in the interwar period. This edition of the letters retains Pound's idiosyncratic epistolary idiom and analyzes letter-writing as a genre critical to Pound's intellectual and cultural project, capturing Pound as a collaborator at work.







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