“While clearly influenced by those poets he championed, Laughlin displayed a unique talent for combining William Carlos Williams's immersion in everyday triviality with a passion for classical scholarship every bit the equal to Ezra Pound's.”
New Directions was founded in 1936, when James Laughlin (1914 - 1997), then a twenty-two-year-old Harvard sophomore, issued the first of the New Directions anthologies. "I asked Ezra Pound for 'career advice,'" James Laughlin recalled. "He had been seeing my poems for months and had ruled them hopeless. He urged me to finish Harvard and then do 'something' useful."