Ezra Pound, Quartermaster

Ezra Pound was for much of his life a fascist. He also hated Jews. For the last decade of his life, though, he hardly spoke because he realized he’d been wrong about so much he’d said throughout his years. Whatever he believed in the end, he had an evangelist’s heart when it came to spreading the good news of good art. Here’s Hemingway to explain:

We have Pound…devoting, say, one fifth of his time to poetry. With the rest of his time he tries to advance the fortunes, both material and artistic, of his friends. He defends them when they are attacked, he gets them into magazines and out of jail. He loans them money. He sells their pictures. He arranges concerts for them. He writes articles about them. He introduces them to wealthy women. He gets publishers to take their books. He sits up all night with them when they claim to be dying and he witnesses their wills. He advances them hospital expenses and dissuades them from suicide. (Lewis Hyde, The Gift, pages 304-305)

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