First published in 1970, this is a detailed and balanced biography of one of the most controversial literary figures of the twentieth century. Ezra Pound, an American who left home for Venice and London at the age of twenty-three, was a leading member of ‘the modern movement’, a friend and helper of Joyce, Eliot, Yeats, Hemingway, an early supporter of Lawrence and Frost. As a critic of modern society his far-reaching and controversial theories on politics, economics and religion led him to broadcast over Rome Radio during the Second World War, after which he was indicted for treason but declared insane by an American court. He then spent more than twelve years in St Elizabeth’s Hospital for the Criminally Insane in Washington, D.C. In 1958 the changes against him were dropped and he returned to Italy where he had lived between 1924 and 1945.
Table of Contents
1. Childhood, 1885/1901 2. University, 1901/1907 3. From Crawfordsville to Venice, 1907/1908 4. London, 1908/1909 5. The Spirit of Romance, 1909/1910 6. Return to America, 1910/1911 7. Paris, Ital, Germany, 1911 8. Hulme and Orage, 1911/1912 9. Imagism, 1912/1914 10. Ernest Fenollosa, 1913/1915 11. Joyce and Eliot, 1915/1917 12. The Little Review 13. Major C.H. Douglas, 1918/1921 14. Paris, 1921/1924 15. Rapallo, 1924/1929 16. The Cantos, 1920/1934 17. Music, 1933/1936 18. Politics and Economics, 1937/1939 19. The War Years, 1939/1943 20. Out of the Ruins, 1943/1945 21. St Elizabeths Hospital, 1945/1958 22. Return to Italy, 1958/1969