FBI File on Ezra Pound

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This intriguing FBI file deals with the World War II activities of poet Ezra Pound. Pound, who wrote such major works as the epic Cantos, Hugh Selwyn Mauberly, and Seafarer, was an American expatriate for much of his life. He was active in promulgating fascist ideology while living in Italy during World War II especially through radio broadcasts directed at the United States. Charged with treason by the United States government, he was captured after the war in Geneva and was brought to the United States for trial. He admitted to voluntarily broadcasting fascist propaganda for pay. Pound was eventually confined to a mental institution in 1958 after being deemed unfit for trial. Included in this lightly excised collection are radio transcripts, correspondence with Italian and German officials, and a memo from Adolph Hitler.

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