Ezra Pound, Philadelphia Genius, and Modern American Poetry
The optional Post-Conference Excursion will take place on June 24-5. Participants will visit Bryn Mawr College, Marianne Moore and Hilda Doolittle's alma mater; Bethlehem, PA, including H.D.'s grave; and W.C. Williams's hometown of Rutherford, New Jersey, as well as Paterson, about which he wrote his epic poem.
Eric Pumroy, Head of Special Collections, Canaday Library, will host the group on a Saturday morning stroll through the acclaimed Bryn Mawr College campus on Philadelphia's Main Line to learn about the student days of Marianne Moore and Hilda Doolittle, both of the Class of 1909, followed by lunch in Wyndham Alumnae House. That afternoon, after a bus ride to Hilda Doolittle's Bethlehem, there will be a reception at the beautiful Linderman Library of Lehigh University, and Professor Seth Moglen will guide the group on an hour's walking tour of the Old Moravian part of Bethlehem where Hilda spent her childhood, and ending at H.D.'s grave in Nisky Hill Cemetery. Dinner and overnight in Bethlehem.
On Sunday, William Neumann, author of two books on Rutherford, New Jersey, where William Carlos Williams was born and served as beloved pediatrician of the area, will show the group some special places in the town appreciated by Williams and visited by Pound and Hilda Doolittle. After lunch in a restaurant on Rutherford's Park Avenue, the bus will take the group to Paterson Falls under the guidance of Neumann. Arrival back in Philadelphia is anticipated by 7:30.
Linderman Library, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA