John Kasper and Ezra Pound Saving the Republic

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2015-07-16
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
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John Kasper was a militant far-right activist who first came to prominence with his violent campaigns against desegregation in the Civil Rights era. Ezra Pound was the seminal figure in Anglo-American modernist literature and one of the most important poets of the 20th century. This is the first book to comprehensively explore the extensive correspondence - lasting over a decade and numbering hundreds of letters - between the two men.

John Kasper and Ezra Pound examines the mutual influence the two men exerted on each other in Pound's later life: how John Kasper developed from a devotee of Pound's poetry to an active right-wing agitator; how Pound's own ideas about race and American politics developed in his discussions with Kasper and how this informed his later poetry. Shedding a disturbing new light on Ezra Pound's committed engagement with extreme right-wing politics in Civil Rights-era America, this is an essential read for students of 20th-century literature.

Author Biography

Alec Marsh is Professor of English at Muhlenberg College, Pennsylvania, USA. He is the author of Ezra Pound (Reaktion Books 2011), and Money & Modernity: Pound, Williams and the Spirit of Jefferson (Alabama, 1998).

Table of Contents

Introduction: Invitation to a KKK Rally \ 1. Kasper's Mission \ 2. The Impact of Agassiz \ 3. The "Make It New" Bookstore \ 4. From McCarthy to Brown \ 5. The Thomas Hart Benton Award, John Randolph and States' Rights: Cantos 88 and 89 \ 6. Kasper Moves to Georgetown \ 7. The Alabama Campaign \ 8. Crommelin, Del Valle and Canto 105: A "Divigation" \ 9. Summer 1956: The Seaboard White Citizen's Council, Virginians on Guard! and the Charlottesville Campaign \ 10. Kasper in Clinton and Nashville \ 11. Splinter Parties \ 12. Pound and Kasper Exposed \ 13. Pound Released \ 14. Pound's Legacy on the Right \ Bibliography \ Index.

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