Daniel Swift - The Bughouse: The Poetry, Politics, and Madness of Ezra Pound

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Ezra Pound (1885-1972) was a defining figure of American modernist literature, mentoring Yeats and Eliot and nurturing Poetry magazine, yet he was also infamous for his fascist broadcasts from Italy during World War II. Judged mentally unfit to stand trial for treason, he was held in D.C.’s St. Elizabeths psychiatric hospital for twelve years. As Swift shows in this detailed profile of Pound the mental patient, residence in the hospital did not stop him from continuing to write, win major literary awards, and meet with fellow writers. Pound’s ward became a de facto literary salon, as world-renowned poets including T. S. Eliot, Elizabeth Bishop, Robert Lowell, and William Carlos Williams paid visits. Swift, author of Bomber County and Shakespeare’s Common Prayers, recreates the discussions and evokes the artistic and political tenor of the times, illuminating a man still as confounding as he is influential.

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ISBN: 9780374284046
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Published: Farrar Straus and Giroux - November 7th, 2017

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