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The Letters of T.S. Eliot. Volume 2, 1923-1925 (The Letters of T.S. Eliot #2)
by T.S. Eliot
This is a major contribution to Eliot studies, covering the period in his life following publication of 'The Waste Land' and up to his baptism and confirmation in the Church of England.
cloth, 878 pages
Published June 30th 2009 by Faber & Faber
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We had to wait a long time for this 2d volume of Eliot's letters. But it was worth the wait. In my opinion the value of the collection is the man himself revealed by these letters which go to the end of 1925. Very few of them mention his own work. Most of the correspondence deals with his editorship of the quarterly, Criterion. I had an impression of Eliot as a cold, intellectually focused man. The personal letters included, however, show he felt a great deal of warmth for those he genuinely car ...more
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 (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/02/boo...) 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
I'm a huge Eliot fan, but this is a substantial book (912 pages), and sections of it were a struggle. There's the odd letter which is incredibly compelling--particularly the ones between him and his brother, or ones written by his wife when she was institutionalised--but plenty which are just kind of day-to-day mundane housekeeping things to do with the running of the Criterion. Definite moments, and compulsory reading for serious Eliotites, but I don't know I'd recommend it to anyone else.
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 ...moreMore about T.S. Eliot...
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