Ezra Pound (1885-1972)

Death: 1st November 1972
Location: Cimitero di San Michele, Venice, Veneto, Italy
Cause of death: Intestinal blockage
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American poet and critic who was a major figure of the early modernist movement; his best know works include Ripostes (1912), Hugh Selwyn Mauberley (1920) and his unfinished epic The Cantos (1917-1969).
He lived in London during the early 20th century and worked on several literary magazines where he helped discover the work of contemporaries such as T.S. Eliot, James Joyce, Robert Frost and Ernest Hemingway.
Pound moved to Italy in 1924 where he famously embraced fascism and made hundreds of radio broadcasts during the Second World War which criticised the United States; this resulted in his arrest for treason by American forces in 1945. He was imprisoned for several months which triggered a mental breakdown and he was declared unfit to stand trial. He spent twelve years in a psychiatric hospital in Washington, D.C. until a campaign by fellow writers resulted in his release in 1958. He returned to live in Italy where he remained until his death.