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Pound in Purgatory: From Economic Radicalism to Anti-Semitism Leon Surette

Pound in Purgatory: From Economic Radicalism to Anti-Semitism

Leon Surette

Published August 6th 2003
ISBN : 9780252071591
Paperback
328 pages
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Pound in Purgatory, available now in paperback, overturns all previous explanations of Ezra Pounds anti-Semitism by uncovering its roots in economic and conspiracy theory. Leon Surette demonstrates that, contrary to popular opinion, Pound was not aMorePound in Purgatory, available now in paperback, overturns all previous explanations of Ezra Pounds anti-Semitism by uncovering its roots in economic and conspiracy theory. Leon Surette demonstrates that, contrary to popular opinion, Pound was not a life-long anti-Semite and consistently ignored or resisted anti-Semitic comments from his correspondents until after 1931. From 1931 to 1945 Pounds poetry took a back seat to his activities as an economic reformer and propagandist for the corporate state. Pound believed he had a simple and practical solution for the economic woes of the world brought on by the Great Depression, and he became increasingly preoccupied with capturing political power for the economic reform he envisioned.As the world spiraled toward war, Pounds program of economic reform foundered and he gradually succumbed to a paranoid belief in a Jewish conspiracy. Through an incisive analysis of Pounds correspondence and writings, much of it previously unexamined, Surette shows how this belief fostered the virulent anti-Semitism that pervades his work--both poetry and prose--from this time forward.