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A Serious Character: The Life of Ezra Pound

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Ezra Pound's greatness as a man of letters - poet, translator, critic, editor, pedagogue, universal correspondent - made him a central figure in the literature of the twentieth century. He was an exotic and controversial character throughout his life, and his public career achieved melodrama in l945 when he was indicted on a charge of treason, for broadcasting Axis propaga ...more
Hardcover, 1005 pages
Published January 1st 1988 by Houghton Mifflin
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Frank Spencer
Nov 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I got this book in a lot, and I'm glad I did. Pound is interesting from a psychology perspective, having spent about a dozen years at St. Elizabeths Hospital. This was part of being indicted for treason because he supported Mussolini, and broadcasting radio programs in Italy. He had attitudes towards minorities and women which would not be acceptable today. The book has some good descriptions of what his mind felt like (wasp nest, upper part of brain being replaced by fluids, mainspring busted). ...more
John
May 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a very thorough and in depth biography of Pound. It is well known that Pound did some rather questionable things (to say the least) and Carpenter examines these things with a great precision that gives the reader a better understanding of Pound's sanity. The flaw with this book, however, is that it seems that Carpenter has no respect for Pound the poet at any point in his career.
Aislyn Bianchi
Jan 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
The best book about Ezra Pound's life and trials. It's more than 900 pages and it took me a whole month, but I enjoy it. Ezra Pound was definitely an eccentric character and, yes, a serious one...
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Although wags will say that Pound is 'Carpentered' here, this is still by far the best single-volume bio of EP, the bio I return to first for the odd detail. Derivative of earlier secondary sources, sometimes repeating unacknowledged the same misunderstandings and outright errors, and at the best of times Carpenter is not at his best with documentation of sources, but he's still where you want to go for a 1,000-page overview (as opposed to multi-thousand-page multi-volumes) of the life. Carpente ...more
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