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A captivating biography of Ezra Pound told via the stories of his visitors at St Elizabeths HospitalIn the great American poet Ezra Pound was deemed insane He was due to stand trial for treason for his fascist broadcasts in Italy during the war Instead he escaped a possible death sentence and was held at St Elizabeths Hospital for the insane for than a decade While there his visitors included the stars of modern poetry T S Eliot Elizabeth Bishop John Berryman Robert Lowe If you are lucky to have a substantial used bookstore near by check out the poetry section under P s Most of them will have about 3 feet of books by but mostly about Ezra Pound Hugh Kenner s The Pound Era will be the bedrock of the shelf with Pound s New Directions issues in black c 1961 modern covers along with a host of academic and uasi academic studies to either side Like the vacant brick factories and crumbling smokestacks of a rustbelt town here are the sad remains of what was once a thriving Academic Cultural Pound Industry Entire careers were founded on unpacking Pound s Cantos and to this day there are no doubt gray securely tenured professors who never ever bring up the perhaps now embarrassing or pointless or too politically incorrect Poundian topics of their dissertations So Daniel Swift has decided to stroll the ruins and see what he can pull together in The Bughouse The Poetry Politics Green dog trumpet and other stories escaped a possible death sentence and was held at St Elizabeths Hospital for the insane for than a decade While there his visitors included the stars of modern poetry T S Eliot Elizabeth Bishop John Berryman Robert Lowe If you are lucky to have a substantial used bookstore near by check out the poetry section under P s Most of them will have about 3 feet of books by but mostly about Ezra Pound Hugh Kenner s The Pound Era will be the bedrock of the shelf with Pound s New Directions issues in black c 1961 modern covers along with a host of academic and uasi academic studies to Identity either side Like the vacant brick factories and crumbling smokestacks of a rustbelt town here are the sad remains of what was once a thriving Academic Cultural Pound Industry Entire careers were founded on unpacking Pound s Cantos and to this day there are no doubt gray securely tenured professors who never Cenote ever bring up the perhaps now Sottomissione embarrassing or pointless or too politically incorrect Poundian topics of their dissertations So Daniel Swift has decided to stroll the ruins and see what he can pull together in The Bughouse The Poetry Politics

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Ll Charles Olson and William Carlos Williams among others They would sit with Pound on the hospital grounds bring him news of the outside world and discuss everything from literary gossip to past escapadesThis was perhaps the world's most unorthodox literary salon convened by a fascist and held in a lunatic asylum Those who came often recorded what they saw Pound was at his most infamous most hated and most followed At St Elizabeths he was a genius and a madman a contrar Traitor and patriot poet and madman genius and fool verse and prose beauty and order to all who looked upon him Pound offered such rich contradiction and never was he provocative troublesome than in his years at St Elizabeth sBughouse is fab litnon fict at its best a real who dunnit of detective work to chase down peepsclues long after da crimes of madness were gone committed and yet recalled to fact Pound is the enigma that keeps on giving Cantos as groveled as Wake nor half again as misunderstood

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Ian and a poet and impossible to ignoreIn The Bughouse Daniel Swift traces Pound and his legacy walking the halls of St Elizabeths and meeting modern day neofascists in Rome Unlike a traditional biography The Bughouse sees Pound through the eyes of others at a critical moment both in Pound's own life and in twentieth century art and politics It portrays a fascinating multifaceted artist and illuminates the many great poets who gravitated toward this most difficult of men While the mental institution history was interesting this book reminded me how little I care about poetry

  • Hardcover
  • 320
  • The Bughouse
  • Daniel Swift
  • English
  • 01 December 2018
  • 9781846558511

About the Author: Daniel Swift

Daniel Swift teaches at the New College of the Humanities in London His first book Bomber County was long listed for the Samuel Johnson Prize and the Guardian First Book Award and his essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times the New Statesman and Harper’s Magazine.



10 thoughts on “The Bughouse

  1. says:

    There is a certain type of book freuently seen these days which I believe has yet to acuire a single word or short phrase to describe it like for example “chick lit” or “microhistory” This book is a member of this as yet unn

  2. says:

    If you are lucky to have a substantial used bookstore near by check out the poetry section under P's Most of them will have about 3 feet of books by but mostly about Ezra Pound Hugh Kenner's The Pound Era will be the bedroc

  3. says:

    Pound is the Zelig of literary modernism The American born European emigre gave his imprimatur to anything and everything that was being created around him Pound’s massive volumes of poetry critical essays and idiosyncratic translations are still vital to understanding what his problematic catchphrase “make it new” meant for an entire generation many of whom Pound mentored promoted and edited For all his literary fecundit

  4. says:

    Traitor and patriot poet and madman genius and fool verse and prose beauty and order to all who looked upon him Pound offered such rich contradiction and never was he provocative troublesome than in his years at St Elizabeth'sBughouse is fab litnon fict at its best a real who dunnit of detective work to chase down peepsclues long after da crimes of madness were gone committed and yet recalled to fact Pound is the enigma

  5. says:

    The Bughouse is the result of Daniel Swift’s research of the St Elizabeth hospital records and the accounts of the literary figures visiting Ezra pound the poet during his stay thereEzra Pound was accused of treason for his broadcasts in Fascist Italy during WWII He was kept ‘in a cage’ which he called it ‘ the g

  6. says:

    As with studies of Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit I am willing to follow any brave soul into the thickets of the famously difficult Cantos or the brackish writer behind them The compounded excuse the pun diffic

  7. says:

    In Vonnegut's Mother Night and Slaughterhouse Five there's a character Howard Campbell who is loosely based on Pound I've never read his poetry because of his fascist and anti Jewish attitudes This book conveys his brilliance without apologizing for the negative elements of his character and it also paints a co

  8. says:

    While the mental institution history was interesting this book reminded me how little I care about poetry

  9. says:

    A lot of fascinating information about a fascinating figure I wish the writing had been direct though

  10. says:

    Come for the obtuse modernist poetry stay for the fascism and anti Semitism

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