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Discovering Modernism: T.S. Eliot and His Context

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When Discovering Modernism was first published, it shed new and welcome light on the birth of Modernism. This reissue of Menand's classic intellectual history of T.S. Eliot and the singular role he played in the rise of literary modernism features an updated Afterword by the author, as well as a detailed critical appraisal of the progression of Eliot's career as a poet and ...more
Paperback, 231 pages
Published February 1st 2007 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published December 11th 1986)
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Jun 14, 2009 rated it really liked it
A scholarly book about T. S. Eliot's influential literary criticism (with an awesome reading of Heart of Darkness as commentary on the modern artist and phases of capitalism in here as well). Menand is an ironic, articulate critic and tackles the criticism of another eloquent ironist in this book about the ways that T.S. Eliot streamlined the contentions of his contemporaries, reformulated those of his predecessors (while claiming to disagree with them), and channeled the skeptical spirit of a d ...more
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Feb 10, 2013 rated it liked it
In a series of discrete chapters Menard is very good at showing how what seemed so original in much of Eliot's critical writing was simply a memorable restatement of existing orthodoxy. He's also very good at showing how much of Eliot's critical writing sounds good until you look at it too carefully, when it starts to evaporate.

As someone else wrote, probably John Harwood, it doesn't matter how many times the term "literary modernism" is shown to be a meaningless creation of 1960s academics; a
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Louis Menand, professor of English at Harvard University, is the author of The Metaphysical Club, which won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize in History. A longtime staff writer for The New Yorker, he lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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