Ezra Pound dans la poubelle

By MARJORIE PERLOFF

Ezra_PoundThe final volume of A. David Moody’s monumental biography of Ezra Pound may well be the most absorbing. Here, in vivid detail, Moody tells the painful story of Pound’s wartime activities in Fascist Italy, including his notorious anti-Semitic broadcasts for Rome Radio, his arrest by the US military in 1945 and detention at the Disciplinary Training Center at Pisa, his removal to Washington, DC to stand trial for treason (only to be declared unfit to do so on grounds of insanity), and his resultant confinement in St Elizabeths Hospital where he was to spend twelve years. On his release in 1958 and return to Italy, there was a decade of illness and decline, and a final turn to silence. (Reviews of Volumes One and Two appeared in the TLS of November 23, 2007, and July 31, 2015.)

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