Ezra and Dorothy Pound: Letters in Captivity, 1945-1946
Oxford University Press
By Omar Pound
After the fall of Mussolini, Ezra Pound was imprisoned at the American Disciplinary Training Center in Pisa, Italy for his pro-fascist broadcasts made over Rome Radio during WWII. It was during his incarceration that he composed the draft material for his famous Pisan Cantos. This volume contains 150 previously unpublished letters between Ezra and his wife Dorothy Pound that were written throughout his internment and subsequent transfer to Washington, D.C., where he was tried for treason and eventually deemed incompetent and placed in a mental ward. The correspondence will constitute one of the most imporatnt documents in literary modernism, and also one of the most dramatic tales of doomed literary genius in our times.