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Ezra Pound: Tragic Yrs. 1926-1972 James J. Wilhelm

Ezra Pound: Tragic Yrs. 1926-1972

James J. Wilhelm

Published May 4th 1994
ISBN : 9780271010823
Hardcover
408 pages
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This third and final volume of Wilhelms life of Ezra Pound commences with Pounds departure from Paris at the height of his writing career for Italy, where he hoped to find a quieter life, and it takes him to his death in 1972. It tells of PoundsMoreThis third and final volume of Wilhelms life of Ezra Pound commences with Pounds departure from Paris at the height of his writing career for Italy, where he hoped to find a quieter life, and it takes him to his death in 1972. It tells of Pounds foolish support of the fascists during World War II and his subsequent incarceration by the Allies in a camp where he wrote some of his finest poetry, The Pisan Cantos. Wilhelm chronicles Pounds escape from being tried for treason on the grounds of insanity only to be remanded o St. Elizabeths Hospital for twelve years. Pound ultimately returned to Italy, where he died in 1972.Part of Wilhelms strength as a biographer is his deep immersion in Pounds poetry and prose, as well as his knowledge of the complexities of the publishing history of Pounds work. Wilhelm quotes extensively from Pounds poetry, with many illuminating comments on the biographical background on the Cantos. He also discusses Pounds influence on an entire generation of poets ranging from Robert Lowell to Allen Ginsberg.