Papers of Professor Giovanni Giovannini, including letters, printed ephemera and recordings relating to poet Ezra Pound. Includes lecture cards and notes on English literature. Collection contains media (3 reels of 1/4" audio tape). The bulk of the collection is comprised of letters, corresondence, and printed matter related to the confinement of Ezra Pound at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Washington, DC, and to efforts on his behalf to secure his release, as well as numerous newspaper and magazine clippings related to this period and to Pound's subsequent return to Italy after 1958.
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Giovanni Giovannini (1906-1985) was a professor of English at Catholic University of America from 1954 until his retirement in 1972. In the 1950's Professor Giovannini befriended Ezra Pound during the latter's confinement at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Washington, DC. Maintaining frequent contact with Pound, Giovannini became part of the inner circle of the poet's many visitors and correspondants, taking an active role in efforts to release Pound from involuntary commitment at the hospital.
3.5 Linear Feet (7 Hollinger boes )
Gift of Ann Conlin, December 2014.
Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository