Ezra and Dorothy Pound: Letters in Captivity, 1945-1946

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Dorothy beside him. Established in her own room in Washington, Dorothy paid daily visits to St. Elizabeths, conversing with her husband, taking notes and writing letters at his request, and helping him entertain the steady stream of visitors. She knew how important routine and regularity were to his creative life, and as she had done for nearly four decades, she devoted herself to nurturing his talent. Her gifts of patience and quiet fortitude she placed in the service of his more conspicuous gifts. Harry Meacham, who came to know Ezra a year before his release from St. Elizabeths in 1958, once wrote that Dorothy was "a great lady who deserves a book of her own." 94 In a sense, this is that book -- the story, written partly in her own words, of Penelope's quest to rejoin her husband, expert in adversity.


NOTES
1
"Desideria", Exile 3 ( Spring 1928); rpt. in Ezra Pound's Poetry and Prose Contributions to Periodicals, ed. Lea Baechler et al. ( New York: Garland, 1991), 5:18.
2
Jefferson and/or Mussolini: L'Idea Statale. Fascism As I Have Seen It ( 1935; rpt. New York: Liveright, 1970), p. 12.
4
"Letter from Rapallo", Japan Times & Mail, Tokyo ( 12 August 1940); rpt. in Ezra Pound's Poetry and Prose Contributions to Periodicals, 8:63.
5
EP to Francesco Monotti, 1934, Ezra Pound Papers, Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Library, Yale University.
6
These remarks are found in EP's broadcast scripts for, respectively, 27 April 1943 ( "On Retiring"), 4 May 1942 ( "Universality"), and 7 December 1941 ( Those Parentheses), in Ezra Pound Speaking": Radio Speeches of World War II, ed. Leonard W. Doob ( Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1978), pp. 289, 290, 117, 22.
7
Ezra Pound Speaking," p. xiii.
8
Memorandum issued by FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, 30 November 1942 (FBI document 100-34099-14). This document and all other FBI materials cited in this volume were obtained under the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C.A. § 552).
9
EP to Alessandro Pavolini, undated, translated from Italian by the FBI (FBI document 100-34099-266). EP's Italian original is in the Ezra Pound Papers at the Beinecke Library.
10
"Bureaucracy the Flail of Jehovah", Exile 4 (Autumn 1928); rpt. in Ezra Pound's Poetry and Prose Contributions to Periodicals, 5:54.
11
From DP's personal notes, 1945-1946, private collection.
12
DP's diary, 29 April 1945, Lilly Library, Indiana University.
13
Quoted in Julien Cornell, The Trial of Ezra Pound: A Documented Account of the Treason Case by the Defendant's Lawyer ( London: Faber and Faber, 1966), p. 52.
14
Donald Hall, "Ezra Pound: An Interview", Paris Review, no. 28 (Summer-Fall 1962):45.

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  • Title Page ii
  • Acknowledgements vii
  • Note on the Text xi
  • Contents xiii
  • Introduction 1
  • Notes 33
  • Genoa 37
  • Appendixes 365
  • Works, Libraries, and Collections Cited 381
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