Jeremy Braddock is Associate Professor of English at Cornell University. He is the author of Collecting as Modernist Practice (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012), which won the 2013 Modernist Studies Association book prize, and co-editor of Paris, Capital of the Black Atlantic (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013) and Directed by Allen Smithee (University of Minnesota Press, 2001). Recent writing includes an article on the reception of James Joyce among Harlem intellectuals. He is currently working on a book-length study of the Firesign Theatre.
In June, 1946 Nancy Cunard wrote an angry, detailed letter to Ezra Pound at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Washington, D.C. In it Cunard described returning to the north of France after the war, discovering her house to have been looted by Nazi soldiers or French collaborators, her African art destroyed, her massive printing press smashed, a copy of Pound’s Cantos propped in a shattered window.