Item #365788 James Joyce et Pécuchet [IN] Mercure de France 1-VI-1922. Ezra Pound.
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Ezra Pound's own copy, docketed by Olga Rudge

James Joyce et Pécuchet [IN] Mercure de France 1-VI-1922.

Paris: Mercure de France, 1922.

Price: $5,000.00


About the item

pp. 307-320. Ezra Pound's own copy, docketed by Olga Rudge. Removed from publication, bound together with Japanese tissue, some foxing and creasing, annotated in the hand of Olga Rudge. Read, Forrest, ed. Pound/Joyce: the Letters of Ezra Pound to James Joyce, New York: ND, 1967, reprinted pp. 200-213.

Item #365788

This copy was taken from the pages of the Mercure de France and kept by Pound. It's docketed in the hand of Olga Rudge, who began an affair with Pound in 1923, and would be his partner for the rest of their lives.

Pound was one of the greatest champions of Joyce's work, working tirelessly to see it published and supported critically and financially. Already in 1918 he wrote of Ulysses, then being serialized in the Little Review, that "He has done what Flaubert set out to in Bouvard et Pécuchet, done it better, more succinct, an epitome" (Pound, "Joyce", The Future, 2.6, May 1918; also Read, p. 139). In 1922, shortly after the publication of Ulysses, he would elaborate in his Paris letter for The Dial, and would put it to French readers in the Mercure de France. Pound compares the work of Joyce in Ulysses with that of Flaubert, who recorded provincial life in Madame Bovary, city life in Sentimental Education, and a record of all clipped knowledge and arcane curiosity of the nineteenth century everyman in his unfinished last work, Bouvard et Pécuchet, for which he reportedly read 1500 volumes in preparation. The obssesion for information in Bloom – and in Joyce – reaches its apogee in the Ithaca chapter, which Joyce described as a "mathematical cathecism" and claimed was his favorite (Budgen, Frank, James Joyce and the Making of Ulysses).