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Ezra Loomis Pound, by Alvin Langdon Coburn, 1913.
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Head and shoulders facing left. Black and white photograph of a man with black hair and a mustache.

Credit: National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institute NPG.78.14

One of the most celebrated and reviled poets of the 20th century—in the 1930s he became a vocal supporter of Mussolini and Hitler-- Ezra Pound (1885-1972) was raised in Philadelphia’s northern suburbs and attended the University of Pennsylvania. There he met Hilda Doolittle, who followed him to Europe in 1908, turned down Pound’s marriage proposal after her father refused permission, and joined him in developing the “Imagisme” movement in London.

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