THE CASE OF EZRA POUND by Charles Norman


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After 1907, Pound was never again to have permanent residence in the U.S. until brought home in custody in 1945. Adjudged insane at his treason trial, he was remanded to St. Elisabeth's until his return to Italy in 1958. He had been indicted by his government for broadcasting anti-U.S. propaganda from Rome during World War II. Self-classified as a ""Jefferson Republican,"" he had declaimed against England, capitalism and the Jews. The author refutes the charge often made that the government prosecutor wasn't intent on prosecuting--that there was a prearranged conspiracy to confine Pound in a mental institution in order that he might be spared the embarrassment of a court proceeding. This is not a particularly telling or important book, although it does present a good many documents relating to the case itself and his eventual release. It also confirms the fact that at his best, and irrespective of his contribution to 20th century letters, Pound's public personality comes across as gibberish.

Pub Date: Jan. 1st, 1967
Publisher: Funk & Wagnalls