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The Letters of T. S. Eliot: Volume 1: 1898-1922, Revised Edition (The Letters of T.S. Eliot #1)

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Volume One: 1898–1922 presents some 1,400 letters encompassing the years of Eliot's childhood in St. Louis, Missouri, through 1922, by which time the poet had settled in England, married his first wife, and published The Waste Land. Since the first publication of this volume in 1988, many new materials from British and American sources have come to light. More than two hun ...more
Hardcover, 912 pages
Published September 20th 2011 by Yale University Press (first published September 26th 1988)
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Diann Blakely
Of course Eliot would have opined that most letters should be burnt rather than slid into a postal bin, but those who love his work will glory in Yale’s recent publication of both volumes. While I found William Logan’s review in the NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW ( rather sniffy--Logan suggested I substitute the word “spiffy,” but that’s for readers to decide--we agree that the frighteningly erudite but amusing Eliot would have been welcome at our dinner tabl ...more
Diann Blakely
For many years, THE WASTE LAND seemed the perfect New Critical text-as-verbal-icon - allusion, paradox. irony. and most important, had them all and to spare. Yet after 20 years of scholarship devoted to explicating the poem's various references to Jacobean drama, folklore, quest legend, comparative religion and Greek myth, it was an essay by Randall Jarrell, not only the student of one of the New Criticism's best practitioners. John Crowe Ransom, but also trained in psychology ...more
Jun 11, 2008 Justin rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Poetry Fans/Eliot Fans/American Expat Writer Fans
Reading the letters of T.S. Eliot, or anyone's letters provided they are not an utterly boring person, famous or not, is fascinating. It's rather like being a Peeping Tom. Or should I say a "Peeping T." Sorry. Terrible joke. On to the review.

On the front of this book, there is a blurb by the Boston Globe that reads, "A joy to they reveal the man for good and ill." I was about halfway through when I realized that there is much more of the "for good" than the for "ill," unless "ill" lite
T.S. Eliot is the best of correspondents. He is intelligent, witty, seemingly sincere, gracious, kind. I enjoyed his letters. I don't, however, know if I'd have liked him in person, IRL. He comes across to me as cheap, ambitious, avaricious. My impression, of course, could be wrong, but he seems to use people; any friend, any connection, no matter how slight, is fair game to get what he wants. I expected him to be a "momma's boy" and he was, but I was surprised by just how much he expected his f ...more
R. C.
All too often personal letters have no innate merit, obviously published only because of the fame won the author by his more carefully composed, revised and selected works. That is clearly not the case here. Every few sentences there was one I wanted to pull out and trot all over the internet. Or maybe make a magnet. Or a bumper sticker. No, too literate and soul-solidifying for a bumper sticker. Might cause accidents.
Garry Geer
Autobiography in its rawest form. There is something harsh and beautiful to flip through someone's old letters, seeing what they want to communicate about themselves. I've been a big fan of Eliot's poetry. I'm now being drawn to his critical work. Bits and pieces of that appear in the letters, as well as the ongoing battles of London literary society. Its not for everyone..

If you like Eliot, you will love getting more insight into his character and life via these letters to and from his friends. I can't understand half of Eliot's poems but am fascinated by him as a person and loved this book.
Jonnie Enloe
Timeless, particularly if you are an Elliot fan.
The lost art of letter writing.
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Thomas Stearns Eliot was a poet, dramatist and literary critic. He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948 "for his outstanding, pioneer contribution to present-day poetry." He wrote the poems The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, The Waste Land, The Hollow Men, Ash Wednesday, and Four Quartets; the plays Murder in the Cathedral and The Cocktail Party; and the essay Tradition and the Individ ...more
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