Ezra Pound - Poet / Fascist
The America poet Ezra Pound's contributions to the arts in the early 20th century have been widely acknowledged.In 1925, Pound moved to Italy where he became an admirer of the fascist dictator Benito Mussolini. When World War II broke out, Pound stayed in Italy, speaking as a “patriotic American” on a series of controversial radio commentaries that were openly anti-semitic and often included personal attacks on President Roosevelt. At the end of the war, Pound was arrested by the Allies and returned to the U.S. where he was declared insane and imprisoned for 13 years. Upon his release, he returned to Italy and greeted his adopted homeland with a fascist salute.