Ezra Pound

1885 (Hailey, Idaho) – 1972 (Venice)

Pound’s deserved reputation as one of the modernist greats, and famous supporter of other writers, was undermined by his public support for fascism and antisemitism. Williams (a lifelong friend) and H. D. were met at university. He spent 3 winters with Yeats, considering him the greatest poet alive, and was close to Gaudier-Brzeska and Lewis. He helped and befriended Eliot, Joyce, Hemingway (who lived on the same street in Paris), Frost and Zukofsky. Moore and Ford, as well as Williams, were friends for decades. Hughes, Porter, Wilder, Eliot, Olson, Duncan, Lowell, Bishop and McLuhan all visited him during his long incarceration.