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Original Typed Letter, Signed].
[St. Elizabeth's, Washington]. 9 April 1957. - Slightly over one page, quarto, on two plain lettersheets. Folded for mailing, otherwise near fine, with envelope (the latter torn from being opened). To John Ordeman, of Alexandria, VA., in response to a solicitation of comments on education or advice to writers for the literary magazine, THE DAEMON. Pound writes, in part: ".This is for your personal use, as I cannot be quoted from bughouse. I have spent 50 years trying to define a sane curriculum. You realize that u.s. education was befouled . I believe according to a definite plan of corruption . When they took out greek and latin, they started for hell and corruption. BY neglecting the INSIDES OF Shakespear / attending only to fancy adjectives / coupling a real author like Sh with a bloater named Milton etc they let in the jungle/ ." He continues, referring to his "text book," Keats, Homer, Dante, and "proper paideuma." He notes: I shd/ also permit myself distinction BETWEEN myself, Eliot and joyce. . Take Forrest Read / that the Cantos have driven him to look INTO such a damned lot of ignota ." He concludes with an invitation to come visit him, with specifics for necessary arrangements. Signed in full and dated in ink, with scattered corrections. Accompanied by a typed account by the recipient of the circumstances of the letter, and recollections of the meeting with Pound that resulted.
      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Literature, ABAA]
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