This post continues my work on the “Chinese” Cantos, covering Canto LV, but may also interest people more interested in SF, fantasy, and so on. It includes a discussion of some pulp and weird authors contemporaneous to Pound, such as Robert Howard (specifically Conan) and Tolkien and H.P. Lovecraft.
The puzzle, here, is a question: What does Pound’s Chinese Cantos have in common with Robert Howard’s Conan the Cimmerian stories, Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, and Lovecraft’s Cthulhu stories? I hope to answer that, while answering why Pound turned to China when he did, in this discussion of Canto LV.