“Strange, unquenchable, and serious originality ... A brilliantly allusive study of England's imperial past and the nature of decline and fall, of loss and decay ... It is hard to imagine a stranger or more compelling work.”
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."