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5.0 out of 5 stars The Creation of Insanity, 20 April 2003
This review is from: A Serious Character: The Life of Ezra Pound (Paperback)
In this long but very readable book the author underlines two insights; the crazed humour of the poet (well before the infamous incarceration on the grounds of mental instability during his impeachment for treason after WWII) and, for my money, the best insight into the Cantos yet encountered.
Never overtly academic, it is fascinating to encounter the yet-to-be-famous giants of modernism Lawrence, Joyce, Beckett and (of course) Eliot walk on the stage directed initially by 'Old Ez' who in turn draws his tutelage from no less than W B Yeats.
As dramatic as it's informative - the sympathetically written biography should appeal to anyone with a salacious interest in the real-flesh characters of this most influential of literary movements.
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