I recommend his books to you. A careful reading will reveal nothing that
demonstrates a "full commitment" to fascism. One too frequently encounters
assessments of Percy Wyndham Lewis, such as the one you made, based on
scant knowledge of his works, repetitions of what other critics have said
which, in turn, are repetitions of what other critics have said. That is a
very strange phenomenon! Lewis writes that his books were often not given
reviews in the press and attributes that fact to a Bloomsbury conspiracy to
suppress his opinions. The man has been black-balled. He was one of the
greatest prose writers of the 20th century, a brilliant satirist, and among
painters, one of the greatest portraitists.
P.S. Here are the chapter titles from THE HITLER CULT. You may be interested
in Part 2, X. 'Last of all, there is Hitler the Mystic; he has to be
carefully considered. The 'German Joan of Arc,' as he has been called, who
'hears voices' and receives supernatural guidance; this 'sleep-walker' who
arrives at his decisions intuitively; all that side of the picture has to be
looked into rather carefully. For it is what lifts him above the average
politico--suggesting a status superior to Pilsduski, Metaxas, Kemal, or
Mussolini. It is his capital asset.'
I. First Sight of the Nazis
II. 'No Jew--No Hitler!' [notice the quotation marks]
III. Berlin, 1930 -- 'Nur Legal!'
IV. The Proper Approach To National Socialism
I. Herr Hitler's Personal Appearance
II. Hitler as a Fairy-Tale
V. Hitler a 'Solitary' (Comparison with Rousseau)
VI. The Sleep-Walker
VII. Hitler 1933-1939
VIII. A Politicians' Hero
IX. Herr Hitler and 'Pig-Headed Intellectuals'
X. Hitler 'The Mystic'
I. Manchukuo, Abyssinia, Austria, Czechoslovakia, and Spain
II. Is England in a spot?
III. The Dangers of a 'Grey War'
IV. The Promised Land of Tom, Dick, and Harry
I. Trade Follows the Flag
II. Proper Action off the Coast of Spain
III. Empire-Building in 1939
IV. Empire: or the Problem of the Giant State
V. The 'Haves' and 'Have-Nots'
VI. Grossdeutschland is so 'Gross'
VII. The Empire-Builder Repudiates Hitler's Alibi
> Dear Tim Romano,
> I have no difficulty in retracting my statement about Lewis. I did say
> no other American besides Pound demonstrated such strong support,
> to a full commitment to fascism. Another one, I said, was PERHAPS Lewis,
> and I made that assessment based on the letters which Pound and Lewis
> exchanged over the issue of fascism. But I have no real stake in the
> argument. It seems to me that the issue of Lewis' interest in fascism is
> subject to debate. But if you wish, I will retract the statement. I will
> also apologize for speaking about Lewis with scant knowledge of the man,
> other than what I have gathered from his relationship with Pound.