The Pound Reaction: Liberalism and Lyricism in Midcentury American Literature

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Ezra Pound was confined in a mental institution and facing treason charges when he won the first Bollingen Prize in 1949. Pound's defenders claimed that the prize proved artistic freedom to be alive and well in the United States. Only totalitarian regimes forced artists to tow the party line. The Pound Reaction explores how a number of writers responded to this free speech defense of Pound's poetry. Those discussed include Bollingen committee member Karl Shapiro, who believed that his vote against Pound ruined his career; W ...

The Pound Reaction: Liberalism and Lyricism in Midcentury American Literature 2015, Universitatsverlag Winter, Heidelberg

ISBN-13: 9783825364700

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