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Tim Romano <[log in to unmask]>
Tue, 25 Jul 2000 09:35:30 -0400
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But that's by blood. Not by culture. I would not, by any means, call Lewis
an American writer. Lewis is certainly much less "American" even than T.S.
Eliot, and writes as a Brit, often speaking of Americans, even when
tongue-in-cheek, as very much "other", not like "us". For example:

"Great Britain is certainly suspect to Americans. They
cannot make head or tail of her. She is a stuck-up old girl
who owes a lot of money--and odd thing for such a highly
respectable old lady to do.  She is rather flighty, which is
alarming in one so old--she never seems quite _serious_, that
is--goes into giggles all of a sudden, or smiles enigmatically,
if politely. She seems to the average American slightly
phoney. Let us face up to that. She has many habits
which baffle and put one on one's guard--the curious way
she has of speaking English with a foreign accent, for
instance. Then she must be the most quarrelsome old dame
who ever stepped: always--umbrella in hand--getting into
scraps with her neighbours, and spitting at them over the
garden wall. As a matter of fact, if it wasn't for Hitler it is
doubtful if any American would have anything more to do
with her. But Hitler has turned the scales. She's right
about Hitler anyhow, who is even crazier than she is.
She seems quite normal in comparison. Hitler is one up
to her."

-- from his book THE HITLER CULT.

Tim Romano

----- Original Message -----
From: "Richard Edwards" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Tuesday, July 25, 2000 8:48 AM
Subject: Re: Pound / Wyndham Lewis / Fascism

> Oh and another thing. Lewis was half British, half American. So you're
> right about that.
> RE
> >From: Tim Romano <[log in to unmask]>
> >Reply-To: - Ezra Pound discussion list of the University of Maine
> >    <[log in to unmask]>
> >To: [log in to unmask]
> >Subject: Pound / Wyndham Lewis / Fascism
> >Date: Tue, 25 Jul 2000 07:23:30 -0400
> >
> >Wei,
> >Where does the British writer Wyndham Lewis "fully endorse" fascism?
> >Lewis
> >explicitly states that he prefers the "muddle" of democracy; if memory
> >serves (it has been almost 15 years since I read his novels, criticism,
> >polemical works) he makes this statement in The Art of Being Ruled.  His
> >1939 book, The Hitler Cult, is hardly an endorsement of fascism.
> >Tim Romano
> >
> >
> >
> >Wei claims:
> > >
> > > .... But Pound was the only major American literary figure (excepting
> > > perhaps Lewis) who fully endorsed fascism.  While many  European
> > > intellectuals were fleeing fascism (or supporting the underground,
> > > Sartre and Camus), Pound went to tremendous lengths to give his moral
> >and
> > > intellectual energy to propagating the fascist ideology.  No other
> >American
> > > or English literary figure went to the full level of commitment that
> >Pound
> > > did.  Even Martin Heidegger, who lived and worked in Germany under the
> > > Nazis, and who endorsed Nazism in several speeches, did so in a rather
> > > lukewarm way.
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