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Lowell 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 cont. 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 Fragonard Art and Eroticism grounds bring him news of the outside world and discuss everything from literary Mao Zedong 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 The Monarchs Are Missing genius and a madman a cont. Traitor and patriot poet and madman Chocolate Candy Always Melts In The Sun Poems AboutLove betrayal anger struggle and understanding gone committed and yet recalled to fact Pound is the enigma that keeps on Love is Blind giving Cantos as Straight To Sleep Gay Somnophilia groveled as Wake nor half again as misunderstood

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A captivating biography of Ezra Pound told via the stories of his visitors at St Elizabeths HospitalIn 1945 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. 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 unnamed genre individual examples of which often have elements of history biography autobiographymemoir and comedy to greater or lesser extentsThe shortest description I can give is What I Learned Writing a Book about X or less specifically X and me where X here is obviously Ezra Pound I have recently read entries in this genre wherein X euals sommeliers and literature written by tyrants and I have another one teed up for reading soon where X timeAlthough of course my enjoyment of individual entries in this field varies I generally like them They freuently provide a way to acuire a little knowledge about one of the many topics of which I am lamentably ignorant The human factor the author s personal voice prevents the subject from becoming too dry and abstract I believe But I certain understand those who find this genre irritating perhaps thinking in this case When I pick up a book that purports to be about Ezra Pound I want virtually all of it to be about Ezra himself and the author could for example best confine to his personal journal a description of the route he the author took in a taxi to get from Capitol Hill in Washington DC to the grounds of St Elizabeth s Hospital while researching this book Generally I find Pound impenetrable when he is not being reprehensible However I try in this and other matters to remember that I may be wrong tens of thousands of people including many people of proven accomplishment and taste have said that Pound s writings are beautiful and profound They cannot all be idiots and dupes contrary to what the younger me might have told myself The author convinced me that maybe I could take another run at Pound if I ever find myself with plenty of spare time and unfettered access to a good uality university libraryIt is perhaps too granular to be uibbling with individual words in a 300 page book but I would like to mention a word that made me get up on my hind legs The word is cowardly It occurs at Kindle location 1566 and is a characterization of the behavior of the poet and medical doctor William Carlos Williams with whom Pound had the type of relation which the kids today are called frenemy The circumstances are Williams in a letter related that Mrs Pound perhaps grasping at straws once it became apparent her husband might be an insane asylum inmate for a long time suggested a preposterous plan wherein Pound will be released from the hospital under my custody as a physician Williams fulfilled a promise to mention this plan to the authorities but when doing so made clear that he Williams understood that it is completely impractical This the author notes is cowardly This characterization is just wrong and it is the sort of thing perhaps written by a man who feels that he has never said anything for the sole purpose of sparing someone s feelings So I ask How was Williams supposed to act Tell Mrs Pound that there isn t a snowball s chance in hell of such an action being approved and she is clearly a moron for even suggesting it Is that honest and less cowardly Or perhaps Williams should have bravely and irresponsibly suggested taking on legal responsibility for a man who while perhaps not certifiably insane has certainly had prolonged periods of insane behavior Let him sleep in the spare bedroom Sure Probably the suggestion would have been laughed out of the meetings and courtrooms where it was mentioned at least in part because Williams was a pediatrician not a psychiatrist I guess the point that really fries my biscuit is that while Pound was broadcasting paranoid rants about the world Jewish banking conspiracy in the service of a country with whom the US was at war and living in luxury as a result Williams was treating the sick children of suburban New Jersey including it is reported many who could not afford to pay him Who I ask you is the cowardNew topic At Kindle location 1673 the author reports that in June 1947 Pound writes the following short rhyme in the back of his notebook Nobody think but grandpa He sits round all day Whistling in the bughouse Just to pass the time away The author fails to make the connection that Pound s ill tempered and self pitying doggerel derives from a charming and cheerful 1905 Tin Pan Alley tune named Everybody Works But Father See and enjoy Groucho Marx singing this song here off topic but worth the click I received a free egalley of this book from Farrar Straus and Giroux via Netgalley Thanks to both Down and Out in Paris and London 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. 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 unnamed PHP Pocket Reference give is What I Learned Writing a Book about X or less specifically X and me where X here is obviously Ezra Pound I have recently read entries in this Winds of Enchantment genre irritating perhaps thinking in this case When I pick up a book that purports to be about Ezra Pound I want virtually all of it to be about Ezra himself and the author could for example best confine to his personal journal a description of the route he the author took in a taxi to The Odds Against get from Capitol Hill in Washington DC to the Tokyo Kill grounds of St Elizabeth s Hospital while researching this book Generally I find Pound impenetrable when he is not being reprehensible However I try in this and other matters to remember that I may be wrong tens of thousands of people including many people of proven accomplishment and taste have said that Pound s writings are beautiful and profound They cannot all be idiots and dupes contrary to what the younger me might have told myself The author convinced me that maybe I could take another run at Pound if I ever find myself with plenty of spare time and unfettered access to a Unbroken The Reaper Diaries good uality university libraryIt is perhaps too Bhishma an Enigma granular to be uibbling with individual words in a 300 page book but I would like to mention a word that made me The Art of Loving get up on my hind legs The word is cowardly It occurs at Kindle location 1566 and is a characterization of the behavior of the poet and medical doctor William Carlos Williams with whom Pound had the type of relation which the kids today are called frenemy The circumstances are Williams in a letter related that Mrs Pound perhaps Jack Kerouac grasping at straws once it became apparent her husband might be an insane asylum inmate for a long time suggested a preposterous plan wherein Pound will be released from the hospital under my custody as a physician Williams fulfilled a promise to mention this plan to the authorities but when doing so made clear that he Williams understood that it is completely impractical This the author notes is cowardly This characterization is just wrong and it is the sort of thing perhaps written by a man who feels that he has never said anything for the sole purpose of sparing someone s feelings So I ask How was Williams supposed to act Tell Mrs Pound that there isn t a snowball s chance in hell of such an action being approved and she is clearly a moron for even suggesting it Is that honest and less cowardly Or perhaps Williams should have bravely and irresponsibly suggested taking on legal responsibility for a man who while perhaps not certifiably insane has certainly had prolonged periods of insane behavior Let him sleep in the spare bedroom Sure Probably the suggestion would have been laughed out of the meetings and courtrooms where it was mentioned at least in part because Williams was a pediatrician not a psychiatrist I Reputation grandpa He sits round all day Whistling in the bughouse Just to pass the time away The author fails to make the connection that Pound s ill tempered and self pitying doggerel derives from a charming and cheerful 1905 Tin Pan Alley tune named Everybody Works But Father See and enjoy Groucho Marx singing this song here off topic but worth the click I received a free egalley of this book from Farrar Straus and Giroux via Netgalley Thanks to both

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


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 unnamed genre i

  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 bedr

  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

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    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 S

  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 gorilla cage’ before

  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 difficulty with Pound however versus the perverted German nationalism posthumously ascribed to Hegel is twofold “Pound’s

  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 com

  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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