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The modernist movement flowered at the beginning of the twentieth century in many different art forms, and with the publication of T.S. Eliot's "The Waste Land" and James Joyce's Ulysses in 1922 its literature exploded into the public eye. Spearheaded by the protean American poet Ezra Pound and distinguished by the growing use of free verse and disjunctive images and the replacement of a Romantic "self," the modernists set a course for the arts for the rest of the century. The University of Delaware Library is fortunate to house a very distinguished collection of works related to these writers, which was the basis for the well-received exhibition mounted in 2006, Ezra Pound in His Time and Beyond. They have also been used extensively by the Department of English and visiting scholars in research assignments and scholarly work.

Ezra Pound
Exultations, 1909.
Ezra Pound
Detail of the
inscription from
Exultations, 1909.
  • T.S. Eliot, 1888-1965.
    The Waste Land. New York: Boni & Liveright, 1922.
  • Ernest Hemingway, 1899-1961.
    Three Stories and Ten Poems. [Paris]: Contact Publishing Company, 1923. Inscribed by Hemingway, with his manuscript corrections.
  • James Joyce, 1882-1941.
    Ulysses. Paris: Shakespeare & Company, 1922.
  • George Oppen, 1908-1984.
    Discrete Series. New York: Objectivist Press, 1934.
  • Ezra Pound, 1885-1972.
    A Lume Spento. Venice: A. Antonini, 1908.
  • Ezra Pound, 1885-1972.
    Exultations. London: Elkin Mathews, 1909. Inscribed by Pound to Elkin Mathews.
  • Louis Zukofsky, 1904-1978.
    First Half of "A"-9. New York: [The Author], 1940.

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