The Artist and the Critic: 8 Famous Author/Editor Relationships

Ezra Pound and T.S. Eliot

In The New York Times, Charles McGrath once called Pound and Eliot the “‘Odd Couple’ of 20th-century poetry” (with Pound as Oscar and Eliot as Felix, of course). True enough, but there’s another narrative: that of the slightly older Pound helping Eliot nurture his talent with both emotional and editorial support. It’s not always easy to identify the hand of an editor on an author’s work, but luckily, the original typescript for Eliot’s The Waste Land, found in 1968, does just that. It’s peppered with Pound’s comments, some of which Eliot took, some of which he did not. We must be grateful for both.