[lit-ideas] Re: Pound's treason

  • From: Mike Geary <jejunejesuit.geary2@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 13 Feb 2015 20:19:38 -0600

Thanks for sending that, Robert.  The conflict between art and artist can
be a sticky wicket, I agree -- especially when it concerns such serious
moral questions as Pound's treason, but even in that case I say condemn the
man, not his art -- his art in my encounter of it then belongs to me and my
world. His crime does not.

On Fri, Feb 13, 2015 at 7:15 PM, Robert Paul <rpaul@xxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Lawrence quotes from *Wikipedia*.
> *In the late 1940s, when the poet Ezra Pound was incarcerated in St.
> Elizabeth’s Hospital on treason charges against the US, he corresponded
> with Mullins. In their correspondence, Mullins exclaimed "THE JEWS ARE
> BETRAYING US", in a letter written on Aryan League of America stationery.*
> Pound was never convicted of treason. He was found to be of unsound mind,
> incapable of understanding the court proceedings or of taking part in his
> own defense. Immediately after the trial he was taken to St Elizabeth's 
> Hospital:
> 'insane.' He remained there for twelve years. (The Federal prosecutors
> apparently did not present their case with much vigor.)
> I believe the best account of what happened to Pound, after he was
> arrested by the US, in Italy, and ended
> up in St Elizabeth's, is an article by Robert Wernick. But of course,
> that's only what I believe.
> <http://www.robertwernick.com/articles/pound.shtml>
> Robert Paul

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