First published in 1970, this is a detailed and balanced biography of one of the most controversial literary figures of the twentieth century. Ezra Pound, an American who left home for Venice and London at the age of twenty-three, was a leading member of ‘the modern movement’, a friend and helper of Joyce, Eliot, Yeats, Hemingway, an early supporter of Lawrence and Frost. As a critic of modern society his far-reaching and controversial theories on politics, economics and religion led him to broadcast over Rome Radio during the Second World War, after which he was indicted for treason but declared insane by an American court. He then spent more than twelve years in St Elizabeth’s Hospital for the Criminally Insane in Washington, D.C. In 1958 the changes against him were dropped and he returned to Italy where he had lived between 1924 and 1945.

chapter I|11 pages

Childhood 1885/1901

chapter II|24 pages

University 1901/1907

chapter III|17 pages

From crawfordsville to venice 1907/1908

chapter IV|15 pages

London 1908/1909

chapter V|21 pages

The Spirit of Romance 1909/1910

chapter VI|7 pages

Return to america 1910/1911

chapter VII|8 pages

Paris, italy, germany 1911

chapter VIII|11 pages

Hulme and orage 1911/1912

chapter IX|33 pages

Imagism 1912/1914

chapter X|28 pages

Ernest Fenollosa 1913/1915

chapter XI|25 pages

Joyce and eliot 1915/1917

chapter XII|20 pages

The little review 1917/1918

chapter XIII|16 pages

Major c. h. douglas 1918/1921

chapter XIV|20 pages

Paris 1921/1924

chapter XV|29 pages

Rapallo 1924/1929

chapter XVI|30 pages

The cantos 1930/1934

chapter XVII|26 pages

Music 1933/1936

chapter XVIII|30 pages

Politics and economics 1937/1939

chapter XIX|28 pages

The war years 1939/1943

chapter XX|15 pages

Out of the ruins 1943/1945

chapter XXI|30 pages

St elizabeths hospital 1945/1958

chapter XXII|17 pages

Return to italy 1958/1969