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Was that rotation in 1793 or 1794, rabbit?
February 28, 2015
In Ezra Pounds' Canto LXII, there is a minor chronological error, has it been noted before concerning Pounds work?
"Fond of rotation so that to remove/" In Pounds' Canto 62, the referent to "rotation" stated
is from a letter written in 1794. But
it was written in 1793.
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I can't offer a specific answer, but there is an explanation.
We know that
Pound was working from
Works of John Adams
edited and published by
Charles Francis Adams
in the 1850s -- it was the only collected edition of Adams's writings -- and that edition
dates the letter to 1794
. The Massachusetts Historical Society only received the Adams family papers in 1956.
So Pound was following the date used by that "editor of a early published edition of Adams manuscripts", because he had no other source for that letter and no reason to question it.
on February 28, 2015 [
Actually, not Pound himself: that's Carroll Terrell, who was also relying upon the 1850s
when he wrote the
. The ongoing
of the Adams family papers is a multi-decade, multi-volume process, and it took them till 2009 to publish the letters from 1793.
on February 28, 2015
Also, as I imagine you're aware, Pound's
are chock full of errors, from simple typos EP never bothered to correct (XLIII, p. 221 of the old New Directions edition: "4736 scudi" for the correct 4737; LXVIII, 396 "some" for same), misremembered/misquoted names (XLII, 214: "Soffici" for Sozzini) and words (XLIII, 216: "civices" for cuius) to garbled Chinese names (LV, 290: "TCHUN" for CHUN, i.e. Shun) to grander errors of biography and history; I've plucked the cited ones entirely at random from the hundreds I've marked in my beat-up old copy, and of course that's only a fraction of the total (when will we get a genuine critical edition?). My point is that worrying about where a particular error came from is not the most productive use of one's time (but whatever makes you happy, of course).
on March 1, 2015 [
Not one bit of help there Languagehat, the sourcing does not "worry me". Like your discovered errors, I just want to know if it has been noted.
on March 1, 2015
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