Ernest Hemingway Meets Ezra Pound

At the end of 1921, Ezra Pound rented a ground-floor apartment at 70 bis Rue Notre-Dame-des-Champs (southwest of the Luxembourg Gardens). Hemingway visited Ezra here often, and commented on the poorness of Ezra's furniture, home-made from rather rough material. Hemingway and Ezra boxed together in the apartment, and Hemingway would later claim that he taught Ezra Pound how to box, and Ezra taught him how to write.

Ezra Pound is generally considered the poet most responsible for defining and promoting a modernist aesthetic in poetry. In the early teens of the twentieth century, he opened a seminal exchange of work and ideas between British and American writers, and was famous for the generosity with which he advanced the work of such major contemporaries as W. B. Yeats, Robert Frost, William Carlos Williams, Marianne Moore, H. D., James Joyce, Ernest Hemingway, and especially T. S. Eliot.