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David Moody's current research is concerned with Ezra Pound in particular and modern American and British poetry in general.
His earlier interests are represented by his books Virginia Woolf (1963) and Shakespeare's ‘The Merchant of Venice' (1964), by articles on Samuel Johnson's poetry and Henry James's novels, and by two books of verse, At the Antipodes: Homage to Paul Valéry (1982) and News Odes: The El Salvador Sequence (1984). He is the author of Thomas Stearns Eliot: Poet (1979, 1994) and Tracing T.S. Eliot's Spirit (1996), and editor of The Cambridge Companion to T.S. Eliot (1994).
He has published articles on Pound (1975, 1980, 1982, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2014), and has written a three volume critical biography of the poet: Ezra Pound: Poet. A Portrait of the Man & His Work. The first volume, The Young Genius 1885-1920, was published by Oxford University Press in 2007, the second, The Epic Years, 1921-1939, in 2014, and the third volume, The Tragic Years, 1939-1972, in 2015. With Mary de Rachewiltz and Joanna Moody he edited Ezra Pound to His Parents. Letters 1895-1929 (2010) – this was awarded the Ezra Pound Society Book Prize in 2011.
Having completed the three volume biography he is now thinking about the relevance of Ezra Pound’s writings to our present discontents.
‘The second volume of a magnificent biography that will surely take its place among the most important studies of any Modernist writer.’ - David Mason, Wall Street Journal
‘Moody is an astute and superbly thorough guide to Pound’s views, behaviour, and writings . . . . he seeks to do scholarly justice to the writings as well as giving us a richly detailed portrait of the man.’ - Mark Ford, New York Review of Books
‘A beacon of clarity compared to most academic literary criticism’. - Philip Marchand, National Post
‘It’s Moody’s exceptional ability to distance himself from his subject matter that makes this book such a powerful reading experience.’ - J P O’Malley, Toronto Star
‘Moody's biography is the best kind of slow read, its authority and grip increasing as the details accumulate. It is also an exceptional feat of criticism, often shedding light on unexpected facets of Pounds poetry. When the final volume is with us, it will stand as the definitive account of perhaps the most troublous and dramatic life in 20th-century literature.’ - Matthew Sperling, Literary Review
‘The final volume of A. David Moody's monumental biography may well be the most absorbing. Here, in vivid detail, Moody tells the painful story ... much new or previously unknown archival material ... the most authoritative biography to date.’ - Marjorie Perloff, Times Literary Supplement
‘David Moody's magnificent accomplishment commands respect. His scholarship and criticism are exhaustive and these three volumes will be indispenable to all future Ezra Pound research.’ - Tim Redman, Literary Review
‘It's hard to imagine a more comprehensive or impressive biography of Pound will ever be written.’ - Publishers Weekly
‘Moody has succeeded in bringing Pound to life and highlighting the vitality of his poetry. He gives modern readers an understanding of just how brilliant the dangerous, deluded and fascinating Ezra Pound was.’- Alexander Adams, Spiked
‘It is a monumental feat of scholarship, and one which must surely be seen as an exemplar of modern critical biography.’ - Rob Spence, Shiny New Books