Rachewiltz, Mary de

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Rachewiltz, Mary de Gender: F
Maria Q. C. Rudge
born on 9 July 1925 at 04:00 (= 04:00 AM )
Place Brixen, Italy, 46n43, 11e39
Timezone CET h1e (is standard time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 16°22' s_mo.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 27°30 Asc.s_cancol.18.gif 09°19'

Mary de Rachewiltz (2012)
photo: Niccolò Caranti, license cc-by-sa-3.0


Italian-American poet and translator, the daughter of Olga Rudge, a classical violinist, and poet Ezra Pound, who was married to Dorothy Shakespear. Her mother placed the girl in the care of a peasant couple after her birth; she was raised on their farm in Gais in the Italian Tyrol. She grew up on a farm speaking the local dialect of German, but when she was older, she began to join her mother, and sometimes Pound, at Olga's house in Venice.

As a teenager, she moved away from the mountains and at that point, Pound took her education in hand. During World War II Pound took time to teach his daughter literature.

She was 19 when her father finally told her about his other family: his wife Dorothy and son Omar.

Pound was committed for 12 years at St. Elizabeths Hospital, Washington DC, where he continued to intermittently write, and receive his wife, friends and literary visitors. On his release Pound returned to Italy. He lived for a period with Mary and her family at Brunnenburg.

In 1946, Mary married Egyptologist Boris de Rachewiltz. A son was born the next year, followed by a daughter two years later. In 1972, her father died in Venice.

In the 1980s de Rachewiltz published the first dual-language edition of her father's epic poem "The Cantos.". She is curator of the Ezra Pound Archive, Center for the Study of Ezra Pound and His Contemporaries, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University. She has presented lectures about her father's work and modernist poetry throughout the U.S. and Canada. She collected and co-edited with biographer David Moody, her father's letters written to his parents, published in 2011 as Ezra Pound to His Parents.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • child->parent relationship with Pound, Ezra (born 30 October 1885)


  • Relationship : Marriage 1946 (Boris de Rachewiltz)

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes Olga Rudge & Ezra Pound: "What Thou Lovest Well" by Anne Conover (Yale University Press, 2001), page 59: "On Thursday, July 9 [1925 in Brixen], a baby girl was delivered prematurely after forty-eight hours of difficult labor. At 4 a.m. the doctor had asked Olga if she would allow a ‘‘cut’’ to remove (as she thought) a son, and she said yes, if it would not injure the child. ‘‘It wasn’t the Caesarian operation, but a taglio of the peri [taglio del perineo]—something-or-other—with forceps,’’ she informed Pound. The child was officially registered on the birth certificate as Maria Q. C. Rudge."


  • Family : Childhood : Family noted (Father, Ezra Pound, poet)
  • Personal : Birth : Difficult birth (Forceps)
  • Personal : Birth : Illegitimate birth
  • Personal : Birth : Labor long more than 36 hrs (48 hours)
  • Vocation : Education : Librarian
  • Vocation : Education : Public speaker
  • Vocation : Education : Teacher
  • Vocation : Writers : Poet
  • Vocation : Writers : Publisher/ Editor
  • Vocation : Writers : Translator