Ezra Pound: Poet: Volume III: The Tragic Years 1939-1972

Hardcover | October 1, 2015

byA. David Moody

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This third and final volume of A. David Moody's critical life of Ezra Pound presents Pound's personal tragedy in a tragic time. The first volumes of Moody's biography have been acclaimed as "masterly" (Daily Telegraph), "exceptional" (Literary Review), and "invaluable" (New York Times BookReview). In this concluding volume, we experience the 1939-1945 World War, and Pound's hubristic involvement in Fascist Italy's part in it; we encounter the grave moral and intellectual error of Pound holding the Jewish race responsible for the war; and his consequent downfall, being charged withtreason, condemned as an anti-Semite, and shut up for twelve years in an institution for the insane. Further, we see Pound stripped for life, by his own counsel and wife, of his civil and human rights. Pound endured what was inflicted upon him, justly and unjustly, without complaint; and continued his lifetime's effort to promote, in and through his Cantos and his translations, a consciousness of a possible humane and just social order. The contradictions run deep and compel, as tragedy does, asteady and unprejudiced contemplation and an answering depth of comprehension.

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This third and final volume of A. David Moody's critical life of Ezra Pound presents Pound's personal tragedy in a tragic time. The first volumes of Moody's biography have been acclaimed as "masterly" (Daily Telegraph), "exceptional" (Literary Review), and "invaluable" (New York Times BookReview). In this concluding volume, we experien...

A. David Moody is a Professor Emeritus of the University of York, and the author of the acclaimed Thomas Stearns Eliot: Poet (Cambridge University Press: 1979, 1994).

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:680 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.1 inPublished:October 1, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198704364

ISBN - 13:9780198704362

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PART ONE: 1939 - 1945Between Paradise and Propaganda: 1939-40A Dutifully Dissident Exile, 1941In a Web of Contradictions: 1942-43'To Dream the Republic': 1943-44For the Resurrection of Italy: 1944-45PART TWO: 1945Talking to the FBIA Prisoner in the Eyes of Others'In the mind indestructible': The Pisan CantosPART THREEAmerican JusticeGiving Cornell his head - Lunacy at St. ElizabethsPART FOUR: ST ELIZABETHS 1946 - 1958A Year in the Hell HoleResilience: 1947 - 50Histrionics - 'a awful lot of company' - No release - Thrown to wolves - Courage against cowardiceThe Life of the Mind: 1950 - 55'Indictment Dismissed': 1956-58Clearing OutPART FIVE: 1958 - 1972A Final Testament: 1958 - 59'You Find Me In Fragments': 1959 - 62His Sickness and His Wealth: 1962 - 64Afterlife of the Poet: 1965 - 1972APPENDIX:The Settlement of the Estate