Mary de Rachewiltz
- Category : 1925-births
- Type : PE
- Profile : 2/4 - Hermit / Opportunist
- Definition : Split - Small (32,35)
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Penetration 2
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.