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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 with treason, 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, a steady and unprejudiced contemplation and an answering depth of comprehension.
A. David Moody, Professor Emeritus, University of York
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).
Table of Contents
PART ONE: 1939 - 1945 Between Paradise & Propaganda: 1939-40 A Dutifully Dissident Exile, 1941 In a Web of Contradictions: 1942-43 'To Dream the Republic': 1943-44 For the Resurrection of Italy: 1944-45 PART TWO: 1945 Talking to the FBI A Prisoner in the Eyes of Others 'In the mind indestructible': The Pisan Cantos PART THREE American Justice Giving Cornell his head - Lunacy at St. Elizabeths PART FOUR: ST ELIZABETHS 1946 - 1958 A Year in the Hell Hole Resilience: 1947 - 50 Histrionics - 'a awful lot of company' - No release - Thrown to wolves - Courage against cowardice The Life of the Mind: 1950 - 55 'Indictment Dismissed': 1956-58 Clearing Out PART FIVE: 1958 - 1972 A Final Testament: 1958 - 59 'You Find Me In Fragments': 1959 - 62 His Sickness & His Wealth: 1962 - 64 Afterlife of the Poet: 1965 - 1972 APPENDIX The Settlement of the Estate