Author(s): A. David Moody
This third and final volume of A. David Moody's critical life of Ezra Pound presents Pound's personal tragedy in a tragic time. The first volumes of Moody's biography have been acclaimed as 'masterly' (Daily Telegraph), 'exceptional' (Literary Review), and 'invaluable' (New York Times Book Review). In this concluding volume, we experience the 1939-1945 World War, and Pound's hubristic involvement in Fascist Italy's part in it; we encounter the grave moral and intellectual error of Pound holding the Jewish race responsible for the war; and his consequent downfall, being charged with treason, condemned as an anti-Semite, and shut up for twelve years in an institution for the insane. Further, we see Pound stripped for life, by his own counsel and wife, of his civil and human rights. Pound endured what was inflicted upon him, justly and unjustly, without complaint; and continued his lifetime's effort to promote, in and through his Cantos and his translations, a consciousness of a possible humane and just social order. The contradictions run deep and compel, as tragedy does, a steady and unprejudiced contemplation and an answering depth of comprehension.
Winner of the 2015 Ezra Pound Society Book Prize
It is a monumental feat of scholarship, and one which must surely be seen as an exemplar of modern critical biography. * Shiny New Books * ... attention to nuance characterises Moody's general approach to writing Pound's life ... [and] extends to readings of Pound's poetry ... His monumental biography is ... judicious and scrupulous. * PN Review * Moody has succeeded in bringing Pound to life and highlighting the vitality of his poetry. He gives modern readers an understanding of just how brilliant the dangerous, deluded and fascinating Ezra Pound was. * Spiked * The third volume is a magnificent conclusion to a magisterial biography and it's hard to imagine a better researched account of Pound's life and work emerging for generations to come. * Irish Left Review * It's hard to imagine a more comprehensive or impressive biography of Pound will ever be written. * Publishers Weekly * David Moody's magnificent accomplishment commands respect. His scholarship and criticism are exhaustive and these three volumes will be indispenable to all future Ezra Pound research. * Tim Redman, Literary Review * The final volume of A. David Moody's monumental biography may well be the most absorbing. Here, in vivid detail, Moody tells the painful story ... much new or previously unknown archival material ... the most authoritative biography to date. * Marjorie Perloff, Times Literary Supplement * attention to nuance characterises Moody's general approach to writing Pound's life...[and] extends to readings of Pound's poetry...His monumental biography is...judicious and scrupulous * Matthew Creasey, PN Review * a brilliant performance..Moody's is by far the best researched, keenly judged, and in every sense comprehensive life of Pound we are ever likely to get. Altogether it is a crowning achievement for a very distinguished critic and scholar. * Alec Marsh, Make It New * Ezra Pound: Poet will surely stand for a long time as one of the great literary biographies; it is inconceivable to imagine that any other life of its subject will be necessary into the far future. * Bruce Whiteman, Hudson Review * A landmark three volume biography / David Moody's life of Ezra Pound is complete, and a splendid work it is * Irish Times * With this final volume, aptly subtitled "The Tragic Years," Mr. Moody [ - a sympathetic and indeed exemplary biographer- ] has written as wonderfully comprehensive and comprehending a biography as anyone interested in Pound-for or against-will want to have. * Allan Massie, Wall Street Journal * The third volume is a magnificent conclusion to a magisterial biography and it's hard to imagine a better researched account of Pound's life and work emerging for generations to come. * Sean Sheehan, Irish Left Review * magisterial...a masterful biography, as meticulous as its is broad-ranging. * Eric Ormsby, New Criterion * A landmark three volume biography...David Moody's life of Ezra Pound is complete, and a splendid work it is. * Denis Donoghue, Irish Times * Its almost a day-to-day account of the life of this prolific and erudite writer and scholar. As such, it illuminates and validates the poetry. * David Crook, Bookwitty *
A. David Moody is a Professor Emeritus of the University of York, and the author of the acclaimed Thomas Stearns Eliot: Poet (Cambridge University Press: 1979, 1994).
PART ONE: 1939 - 1945 ; PART TWO: 1945 ; PART THREE ; PART FOUR: ST ELIZABETHS 1946 - 1958 ; PART FIVE: 1958 - 1972 ; APPENDIX