THE TRIAL OF EZRA POUND by Julien Cornell

THE TRIAL OF EZRA POUND

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A trial is more than a transcript. Attorney Cornell took on the defense of Ezra Pound when the poet was returned from Italy to face charges of making treasonous broadcasts for the Axis. All the correspondence between Cornell and Pound's wife, publishers and friends are here included, to make a chronicle of the lawyer's successful efforts to have Pound declared mentally unfit to stand trial. The transcript of the open hearing on Pound's sanity is incorporated in full. But travel the southwest border of the Potomac and look up the green slope to see St. Elizabeth's, the government mental hospital where Pound was interned for twelve years afterwards, unfit to be tried but still under indictment, and you will see that his tribulations continued out of court. A sense of his ordeal comes through in this capably presented account. (Pound's letters to Cornell are reproduced in a center section.) For lawyers and students of literature.

Pub Date: Oct. 17th, 1966
Publisher: John Day