Dorothy Shakespear Pound
[ 1886 - 1973 ]
Selection of Images, Digital Facsimiles &
are fortunate that we're able to post a digital
Elimus: A Story With Twelve Designs by D.
is renewed interest in Dorothy Shakespear and her
association with Vorticism, so the digital facsimile
is timely in that it showcases her twelve Vorticist
designs. An artist in her own right, we also
have selections from a book of her own work Etruscan
Gate. This work was published by
The Rougement Press in 1971 and contains journal
entries from 1909 - 1911 with additional artwork.
Shakespear did many drawings for her husband
Ezra Pound's work, so we've assembled a few of her
cover drawings below, along with two links to
further pages on her Initial drawings for Pound's XXX
Cantos. Dorothy Shakespear didn't
exhibit as formally throughout her life as did some
of the other Vorticist artists, but she was earnest
about her work and skillful in her craft.
We also dedicate this page to our long-gone friend Bill Howley, Sr. Bill was a bookstore colleague of ours many years ago. An old Trotskyite, he often entertained us with colorful stories about traveling the US on trains during the Depression, and about being trapped in London during the German Blitz. He later joined the Post Office in Washington DC and realized that the Dorothy Pound on his delivery route was the wife of Ezra Pound, who at that time was incarcerated in Saint Elizabeth's. Bill loved literature and struck up a friendship with Dorothy. She would often invite him in for tea and discussion. Bill was the archetype of the open-minded, big-hearted radical.
WINDELER, B. C.; Woodcut Frontispiece by Robert
Dill; Three Mountains Press, Paris, 1923 ;
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Dorothy Shakespear Pound
A Notebook with Drawings and Watercolours
The Rougement Press, Exeter, 1971. First edition. Edited by Moelwyn Merchant. 43 pages.
Based on Dorothy Pound's journal entries from 1909 - 1911, with additional artwork.
The Etruscan Gate page includes samples of her watercolors.
Visiting the Pounds in 1971 (PDF, 8.9MB)
Image via wikipedia Ripostes:
Dorothy Shakespear designed the
Vorticism-inspired cover art
for Pound's 1915 Ripostes
A free full digital facsimile of Ripostes
is available online at archive.org
Catholic Anthology 1914-1915
Pound, Ezra (editor)
London: Elkin Mathews, 1915
116 p.; 18 x 12 cm.
FULL TEXT ONLINE at The
Modernist Journals Project
in Blast for
Sample cover image left from James Cummins, Bookseller
p.174 of Olga Nikolova's article on the design and typography of the deluxe editions of the Cantos, including Dorothy Shakespear's initials.
Ezra Poundís Cantos
De Luxe Preamble
article pdf online here
Volume 15, Number 1, January 2008,
The Johns Hopkins U. Press
Printed by LaNana Creek Press