Correspondence - Louis Zukofsky to Rene Taupin
|References in Correspondence|
- Louis Zukofsky [LZ]
- Rene Taupin [RT]
- Ezra Pound [Pound]
- William Carlos Williams [Williams]
- Harriet Monroe [Monroe]
- Jesse Loewenthal [Loewenthal]
- Ted & Kate (Robinson?)
- Robinson Morton [Morton]
- George & Mary Oppen [Oppen]
- Basil Bunting [Bunting]
- Irving Kaplan? [Kappy]
1 1 1930 Mar 28. ALS, 1 p. w/env.
Invitation for dinner meeting; looking forward to reading RT's book
2 1930 Apr 01. ALS, 1 p.
Confirmation of dinner meeting
3 1930 Nov 25. ALS, 1 p. w/env.
Request to borrow 10 dollars; promise to send the Baudelaine when midterms are
over; will return the 10 immediately, if the Symposium sends check
4 [1930 Nov 25?] ALS, 1 p.
Request to be met at Pennsylvania Station; acknowledgement of receipt of Salmon;
mention of meeting H. A. Moe of the Guggenheim Foundation
5 1931 Jan 09. ALS, 2 p.
Expresses hope of getting the Guggenheim Award; mentioned seeing Lathrop, who
had spent the winter in hospital; request for work; "I'll try the Jeff. again tomorrow,
but I don't think it'll go"
6 1931 Jan 29. ALS, 1 p. w/env. French sentence
LZ's 27th birthday; mention of RT retyping one of LZ's poems; borrowed $10 from
Kappy and $5 from a local lady; mentions Charlie Chaplin's premier [Feb 6] and
Kate's 27th birthday [Feb 5]; heard that Horace Gregory will be published by Faber
& Faber; receipt of a copy of Macleod's Ecliptic, "parts called Cancer and Virgo not
7 1931 Feb 07. ALS, 3 p. w/env.
RT should write "grande historie de la poesie aux E-le" so LZ can translate; sent
photos, give one to Ted & Kate, one to Loewenthal and he can give one to Jerry;
inquiry about the Haverford piece; expression of doubt about the future if he doesn't
get the Guggenheim Award; proposal that they go into the publishing business in
South America, or Mexico or Europe
8 1931 Feb 13. ALS, 1 p. w/env.
Proposed limited edition anthology by Pound for Scheiwiller, probably using the 5th
movement of "The"; received Putnam's New Review, announcing 3rd and 4th
movement of "A"; wonders what L'Ange Heurtebise by Jean Cocteau, is really
about; request for copy of Windham Lewis' The Apes of God
9 1931 Feb 16. ALS, 2 p. w/env.
Specific criticism of a critique by Burnshaw about Jean-Antoine de Baif, Rene Ghil
and Spire; quatrain in answer to "if I don't care, why do I answer such peapull";
mention of [Guillaume De Salliste] Du Bartas as a punning surrealist; expression of
thanks for RT's typing; three more weeks to the Guggenheim Award
10 [1931 Feb ?] ALS, 1 p. w/env.
Request for RT to read and edit enclosures for a reply to St. Burnshaw; when he gets
the Guggenheim Award, typing won't be a problem anymore
11 1931 Feb 20. ALS, 3 p. w/env. French sentence
Discussion of Cocteau's talent and explanation of L'Ange Heurtebise; advice for
dealing with Loewenthal; mentions Horace Gregory's translation of Catallus, "no
good" ; dissatisfaction with Grudin's Primer of Aesthetics, etc.; asks for Haverford's
address and head of the English Dept.; does RT know the work of Weisenborn and
Stanley; hopes RT can join him in Europe; mentions Williams' criticism of his
poems in Pagany
12 1931 Feb 27. ALS, 2 p.
Requests return of Pound's father's letter; defended RT in a letter to Pound; mentions
Williams' essay on Pound's Cantos; discusses painters Dufy, Jean Hugo and
Rousseau; noted Monroe's misprinting of Salmon; mentions a review of Hillyer,
Speyer, Young, etc. and future review of Japanese poet for Monroe; Morton might
write and ask to see RT
13 [1931 Mar ?] ALS, 1 p. [lacks beginning]
Sending manuscripts; glad RT wrote Morton; mentions Mr. Griffith; comments on H
& H sending $17.50 and requests RT keep it til the end of March; LZ was notified
that his name would be posted on the bulletin for non-payment of a bill; mentions
Guggenheim Award deadline
14 [1931 Mar 13] ALS, 3 p. w/env.
Mentions RT hearing from Guggenheim Award; saw Charlie in City Lights; quotes
Pound about RT/Salmon and the Jefferson; expresses uncertainty about Pound's
motives; invites RT's opinion about Greg's Chelsea Rooming House; inquires about
Morris Schappes, Jerry's English teacher; sends luck on the Guggenheim Award
15 1931 Mar 16. ALS, 2 p. w/env.
Quotes Moe's letter of rejection from the Guggenheim Award; requests RT take care
of himself; mentions asking Pound to get him a job in Europe; asks RT to send a list
of the Guggenheim Award recipients
16 [1931 Mar ?] ALS, 1 p.
Morton visited RT but wonders if RT would mind his coming again
17 1931 Mar 18. ALS, 3 p. w/env.
Quotes Kappy; mentions 1927 versus 1931 earnings; received Williams' Pound; will
let Morton know what RT said; poem Tall and singularly... was originally dedicated
to Morton; Pound wants a good poem by Elinor Wylie; discusses his financial
condition and uncertainty about his future; mentions having asked Pound to keep an
eye out for job for him; wishes Columbia Appointments could get him a job at
Haverford; trying to work on the Jefferson but having trouble writing; asks for a
report of what Williams says at the public forum; promises "you will write your
Inspiration next year"; mentions having received Left
18 1931 Mar 21. ALS, 2 p.
Declines invitation to stay with RT; inquires about Haverford; asks for particulars
about Inspiration; mentions invitation from Ted and Kate; requests $10 loan not
before April 1, to be repaid next month
19 1931 Mar 23. ALS, 2 p.
Discusses ways to be able to go to Haverford; comments on Williams' lecture;
thanks RT for check; mentions RT and Morton possibly being in Chicago by Apr 7;
having trouble with "A"; thanks RT and Loewenthal for the Audeau
20 1931 Apr 02. ALS, 1 p. w/env. + ADS, 2 p. encl.
Quotes Pound's reaction to LZ's latest opus; asks RT's reaction; Pound requested
clarification of term in America; encloses Remembering the blooms of Monticello
21 1931 Apr 05. ALS, 1 p.
Inquires about Ted and Kate; comments on trying for the Guggenheim Award again;
re-reading Stephen Dedalus' Prophecy
22 1931 Apr 09. ALS, 1 p. w/env.
Mentions seeing City Lights again and being depressed; asks what RT's doing for the
summer and next year
23 1931 May 13. ALS, 1 p. w/env.
Thanks RT for check; mentions going to Chicago
24 1931 May 18. ALS, 1 p.
Asks what RT's doing; heard from Ted, Loewenthal and Morton; hitchhiked to
Chicago and considers doing same to N.Y.; promises to repay money before the 8th
25 1931 May 27. ALS, 2 p. + AD 1 p. encl.
Contains 2 poems; agrees to translate section from Symbolisme; plans to meet RT
and "lady of the car" in Buffalo on the 18th or 19th of June if he hitchhikes with
Martha Champion; 1 poem enclosed with instructions to tear it up
26 1931 May 28. ALS, 1 p.
Mentions clipping from Pound and requests it's return
27 [1931 Jun ?] ALS, 1 p.
Mentions meeting RT at Penn. Station or hitchhiking; tells RT not to be depressed,
"one of these days the several entities who need to be shot as a prerequisite to
breathing will be"
28 [1931 Jun 07] ALS, 1 p. w/env.
Missed meeting and possibility of getting together another time
29 1931 Jun 08. ALS, 3 p.
Discusses plans for meeting and RT's car; mentions poems sent to RT and that
Rexroth liked the first; tells RT to thank Prince for publicity broadcasts; mentions
Pound's poems and Tate's review of them; comment about RT's mail being censored;
mentions a girl borrowing his B.V.D.'s; reacts to comments about "author's sexual
30 1932 Jan 11. ALS, 1 p. w/env.
Missed luncheon appointment; lunching with Baudler tomorrow; mentions new
English broadside Dope
31 [1932 Jan 22] ALS, 1 p. w/env.
Missed meeting; plan to meet next morning
32 [1932 Feb 05] ALS, 2 p. w/env.
Telephone call; plan to meet for lunch
33 1932 Apr 20. ALS, 2 p. w/env.
Leaving with Jerry for California; finished Apollinaire and thinks it's the best
criticism he's done; request for payment; Monroe disappointed LZ didn't get
Guggenheim Award; reference to difficult two months; Morton returns to NY from
34 [1932?] Apr 25. ALS, 1 p.
Thanks RT for typed copies of XLI; mentions impressing the Guggenheim
Foundation with something other than French Revolutionary Influences on
Whitman; RT visits in June
35  Jul 04. ALS, 1 p. w/env.
Agrees to explain a list of words RT doesn't understand; asks how RT likes Part III;
requests return of typescript of original; Ted's looking for a place for LZ and Jerry in
Vermont; will expect RT in August; "escaped being married a second time"
36 1932 Jul 08. APCS, 2 p.
Oppen's finances reduced by 1/3 reducing LZ's funds; request for money; Morton's
firm fired 3/4 of the employees
37 1932 Jul 14. APCS, 1 p.
Ted can't find anything LZ can afford; when will RT be back so they and Jerry can
get together; noted arrival of Pound's volume; asks if RT wants a copy of Pound's
and Williams' sent to him; request for RT to arrange publicicity for them and the
anthology in a French periodical
38 1932 Jul 20. APCS, 1 p.
Fares from N.Y. to Pittsburgh for LZ and Jerry, but appointment with a lady in
Montreal may interfere
39 1932 Jul 24. APCS, 1 p.
Went to Coney Island; request for return of the handwritten version of G.A.
40 1932 Aug 01. ALS, 1 p.
Anthology sent under separate cover; hopes RT can help move his stuff from Bronx
to College Heights; mentions Jerry
41 1932 Aug 04. ALS, 3 p.
Pound says Ford Madox Ford would recommend LZ for a Guggenheim Award; asks
if RT minds LZ sending Apollinaire to Guggenheim Award; mention of other
projects done this year; Serly is in Rapallo; LZ and Jerry take turns commenting
42 1932 Aug 10. APCS, 1 p.
Expecting proofs of Inspiration; mention of meeting at end of August; request for
original of G.A.
43 1932 Sep 22. APCS, 1 p.
Missed meeting; invitation to meeting of writing pubs Serly, Bill, etc at Oppens
44 1932 Sep 23. ALS, 1 p.
Requests explanation of RT disappearance at 2:30 am
45 1932 Oct 12. ALS, 3 p.
Debt owed to LZ by RT; request for RT to testify before Dept. of Taxes and
Assesments for N.Y.; request for one of RT's "lend versions" of the G.A.; invitation
to stop by and see LZ; suggestion for RT to answer Lis[sp?] in the October Hound
46 1932 Oct 18. APCS, 1 p.
Request for appointment; mention of J.R. coming along and possibility of meeting
47 [1932 Nov 01] ALS, 1 p. w/env
Missed meeting and attempt to set up another; reminder of meeting with Serly
48 1932 Nov 10. APCS, 1 p.
Setting up phone call and mention of translation of Williams' L'Influence and a letter
49 [1932 Nov ?] ALS, 1 p.
Mention of illustration for the special benefit of the J.S.G.Fo.; offer to sell
magazines containing LZ's work if RT wants them; request for return of Poetry
March 1931 and a copy of RT's Influence
50 1932 Nov 17. APCS, 1 p.
Mention of RT being robbed; list of addresses: New English Weekly, Prof. M.T.
Dazzi, M. Jean Cocteau, W.L. Root, Erik Nesterton, P.M. Bardi; and thinks the
Surrealistes would publish parts of the G.A.
51 1932 Nov 22. APCS, 1 p.
Serly's address; mention of Thanksgiving at Jack's
52 1932 Dec 12. ALS, 4 p. w/env.
Mentions piano score of Serly's new work; open invitation for RT to visit; mention
of helping J. buy a suit; quote Pound letter about RT; mention of reviewing RT for
Criterion; mention of scheme with LZ, RT, Serly, Jerry and maybe Morton, also
Pound; RT should go to M.L.A. Conference; request to have artistic handiwork
returned so LZ can send all but BEBE to Pound for christmas; Jerry's are too
expensive to send
53 1932 Dec 29. APCS, 1 p.
Missed meeting; invitation for next day to see LZ and Jerry; mention of Ted Hecht
possibly being there
54 [1932?] ALS, 1 p. + AD, 2 p. encl.
Two pages fell out of blue book, sent the rest Air Mail - Special Delivery
55 1933 Feb 14. APCS, 1 p.
56 1933 Mar 08. APCS, 1 p.
Request for RT to bring $20 cash to meeting
57 1933 Mar 14. APCS, 1 p.
LZ has a head cold; expects to see Serly this a.m.; will see RT on Sunday
58 1933 Apr 12. APCS, 1 p.
Serly requests RT call Friday; mention of seeing RT Saturday
59 1933 May 23. APCS, 1 p.
Confirmation of appointment; rescheduling of exhibition
60 1933 Jun 11. ALS, 4 p.
LZ leaves for Paris June 30 on the Majestic and should arrive in Cherbourg on the
6th or 7th; some trouble getting funds Serly paid $100, Williams silent, and Pound
n.s.f.ed and possible passport problem since birth certificate says Sallikowsky;
Oppens, Jerry and LZ going to Canada
61 1933 Jul 12. ALS, 1 p. w/env.
Pound won't be in Rapallo til Aug 10; Pound wants LZ to contact several people
[Hickok, Branculi, Hiler, Leger, Crosby, Dali, de Masot, Ernst, Barnes] and write
62 1933 Aug 21. APCS, 1 p. w/env.
Ignore last letter requesting money, but would like RT send 500 francs to
Loewenthal; seeing Pound and Bunting, Ted hasn't arrived yet
63 1933 Aug 24. APCS, 1 p.
Thanking RT for the money sent to LZ and Jess; Serly and LZ leave Rapallo for
Cannes, Monte Carlo and Marseilles, Ted's treat
64 1933 Aug 30. APCS, 1 p.
Request to be met at train station Sept. 1; Serly will arrive Sept. 4
65 1933 Sep 06. ALS, 1 p.
Reminder to mail 4 parcels of books to LZ in the US; request to order books at
discount and walk with Serly
66 1933 Sep 26. APCS, 1 p.
Oppens leaving soon and RT should see them; request for information about G.A.
and on teaching French in secondary schools; Columbia may ask for
recommendation of LZ's French abilities
67 1933 Oct 01. ALS, 2 p. w/env.
Discussion of G.A.; will ask Serly to drop 2nd typescript of 2nd chapter off if
68 1933 Dec 08. ALS, 1 p.
Thanking RT for loan
69 1940 Jul 11. APCS, 1 p.
Response to RT's comments; suggest RT write Henri de Kerillis, de Gaulle's
personal representative; mentions Goll and Williams
70 1941 Dec 05. ALS, 2 p. w/env.
Regret that RT missed supper; suggestion for books to add to list; Madault in old
French and English; rejected by Houghton