"I Cease Not to Yowl"

"I Cease Not to Yowl" : Ezra Pound's Letters to Olivia Rossetti Agresti

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During the height of his own literary acclaim, Ezra Pound became notorious for supporting Mussolini, openly criticizing Franklin Delano Roosevelt during the war, and launching anti-Semitic tirades. Until now the depth and breadth of his many virulent views could only be imagined. "I Cease Not to Yowl" provides the most comprehensive and sustained record to date of Ezra Pound's pro-Fascist activities and involvement. This never-before-published correspondence began in 1937 and continued throughout Pound's incarceration at St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington, D.C., where he was committed when he was found mentally unfit to stand trial for treason. The Pound-Agresti correspondence is a moving document, providing direct insight into Pound's recurring preoccupations, views, and opinions. These letters help dispel the view that Pound's fascism and anti-Semitism were anomalous and short-lived and that his Rome Radio ravings constituted mere rhetorical excesses of a mind under enormous pressure. On the contrary, Pound's correspondence with one who shared his pro-Fascist, pro-Axis, anti-Allies sentiments (though not his anti-Semitism or his impatience with the teachings of the Catholic church) establishes beyond doubt the permanence of his political and racial views.show more

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  • Hardback | 360 pages
  • 158.5 x 235 x 26.2mm | 736.52g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 0252024109
  • 9780252024108