Ezra Pound, Make It New

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Make It New is the name applied to three distinct literary productions:

1. A book of essays by Ezra Pound, published in September 1934, containing selected reprints of Pound’s prose writings from the 1913-20 period, with two later pieces.
2. A phrase that Ezra Pound coined by mistranslation in 1928: in retrospective legend, it is mistakenly supposed to have been a slogan inspiring the innovations of literary modernism, although it was entirely unknown in the heyday (c. 1910-28) of that movement, achieving currency only in the 1950s.
3. The online quarterly journal of the Ezra Pound Society, launched in 2014.

This article describes the 1934 volume, concentrating on those parts of it not …

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Citation: Baldick, Chris. "Make It New". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 04 March 2021 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=40092, accessed 07 February 2023.]

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