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Daniel Pearlman <[log in to unmask]>
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Fri, 22 May 1998 01:10:02 -0400
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Whether or not, at the end of his life, Pound "recanted"
about anything (about Usury, or about his "insufficient
attention to the Hebraic element in history," as he told
me personally), should not--IMHO--affect our reading of
the Cantos, which he had ceased adding anything to by 1960,
about the time he became preoccupied with health problems
and became very depressed and self-deprecatory.  Chaucer
"recanted" his whole frivolous literary career before his
own death--no doubt to secure entry into heaven--but the
Miller's Tale is still as funny as ever.
==Dan Pearlman
At 07:35 PM 5/21/98 -0700, you wrote:
>In John Tytell's "Ezra Pound - The Solitary Volcano" he stated on page 338:
>"Two weeks before his eighty-seventh birthday he read at a small cafe for
>an intimate gathering of friends. The material included a sort of
>postscript to The Cantos:
>'re USURY
>I was out of focus, taking a symptom for a
>The cause is AVARICE .' "
>Tytell goes on with "It all seemed like an apologia, ..."
>Does anyone disagree that Pound recanted on his lifelong stand on usury?
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