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I had read the same thing about Italian suspicions based upon Pound's
eccentric speech. Perhaps the speeches should have a companion volume, like
the Cantos: but their more general circulation could only impair Pound's
What's left to repair? There's pretty much a consensus that
if he wasn't a socio-path he was so eccentric in social attitudes
and values as to be considered not worth the attention. Even he,
at the end of his life, if what I remember is correct, felt great
remorse for a lot of what he had said and done.
Can't say I've heard anyone challenge his poetic aesthetic,
except maybe a few envious Wallace Stevens fanatics, but
that is to be expected.
Dr. Peter C. Montgomery
Dept. of English
3100 Foul Bay Rd.
Victoria, BC CANADA V8P 5J2
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