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Ezra Pound: Poet: Volume II: The Epic Years

ISBN : 9780198825593

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¥3,465
Author: 
A. David Moody
Pages
440 Pages
Format
Paperback
Size
156 x 234 mm
Pub date
Oct 2018
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The long-awaited second volume of A. David Moody's critically acclaimed three-part biography of Ezra Pound weaves together the illuminating story of his life, his achievements as a poet and a composer, and his one-man crusade for economic justice. The years 1921-1939 were the most productive of Pound's career. In 1920s Paris, he was among the leading figures of the avant-garde and, in that ambience, he composed an opera, made original contributions to the theory of harmony, and wrote the first thirty cantos of his great epic. Moody explores this creativity in fascinating detail, examining the environment that allowed for some of Pound's greatest work. This period also brought Pound's politics firmly into view and Moody is able to shed new light on his sympathy for Mussolini's Fascism, his invoking Confucian China as a model of responsible government, and his abiding commitment to the democratic values of the American Constitution.

Pound is revealed as a great poet and a flawed idealist caught up in the turmoil of his darkening time and struggling, sometimes blindly and in error and self-contradiction, to be a force for enlightenment.

Index: 

Illustrations
Preface
Chronology
Part One: 1921-1932
1 A Year in Paris, 1921-24
2 From Rapallo, 1924-1932
Part Two: 1933-1939
3 A Democrat in Italy, 1933
4 Things Fall Apart, 1933-37
5 Ideas of Order, 1937-39
6 Alien in America
Appendices
A Outline of Pound's Le Testament or Villon
B A brief history of Le Testament or Villon
C Outline of Cavalcanti. A sung dramedy in 3 acts
D 'Huey, God bless him', an unpublished article (1935)
E The founding of the Bank of England, & the US National Banking Act
Abbreviations
Notes
Acknowledgements
Index

About the author: 

A. David Moody is a Professor Emeritus of the University of York, and the author of the acclaimed Thomas Stearns Eliot: Poet (Cambridge University Press: 1979, 1994).

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