By Russell Elliott Murphy
This quantity is part of evidence On File’s burgeoning severe significant other sequence. Eliot has been some of the most enigmatic yet enduring modernists because the book of the affection tune of J. Alfred Prufrock in 1915. regardless of his particularly spare overall output of labor, he is still well known between scholars and students. recognized frequently as a poet of such lasting works as “The Waste Land” and 4 Quartets, in addition to “Prufrock,” he was once additionally a famous playwright (Murder within the Cathedral) and critic, publishing a few well-received and influential collections of literary essays. you will need to word that this quantity isn't really classified as an encyclopedia, for it doesn't easily include an alphabetical record of short entries. relatively, it really is divided into 4 notably constructed elements. the 1st is a biography of approximately 30 pages masking Eliot’s upbringing, impacts, spiritual conversion, and marriages. the guts of the paintings and through a long way its longest half is the second one part, prepared A–Z and containing specific analyses of and observation on his works. half three makes a speciality of figures, works, and destinations that had an enduring impact on Eliot. The final part includes a chronology and bibliography of resources by means of and approximately Eliot. The analyses within the moment half are fairly broad (entries on “The Waste Land” and 4 Quartets are 60 and forty four pages, respectively) but cogently written and simple to keep on with. Many comprise info at the e-book heritage of the paintings and guidance in realizing Eliot’s huge use of allusions. half three evidently enhances this part through supplying additional rationalization of the affects on those works. Examples of issues right here comprise Catholicism, Dante Alighieri, Harvard, and Vers libre (free verse). total, this is often a superb and exhaustive source and an outstanding purchase for many libraries. it might simply as accurately be positioned with the literary feedback as within the reference assortment. --Michael Tosko
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Little Gidding” was published in the New English Weekly in October 1942, and the completed sequence, Four Quartets, came out in book form in October of the following year. By this time, Eliot, who, like many other affluent Londoners, had taken up wartime residence in the relative safety of the countryside, was nevertheless working from Tuesdays to Fridays in his office at Faber on Russell Square, where he also maintained a flat. He did his own part in assisting the war effort by taking up fire-watching duties on the roof of the offices.
While Eliot was working busily on the composition of the play in early 1935, Browne convinced Eliot to eliminate the passage “Time past and time present / . . ” These lines would reappear several years later as the famous opening passage to “Burnt Norton,” when it was first published in Collected Poems in April 1936. Given “Burnt Norton”’s connection with Murder in the Cathedral, it is reasonable to assume, particularly since the collection brought together Eliot’s poetry up to 1935, that the poem was itself composed and completed in 1935.
Giroux, Robert. ” Sewanee Review [Eliot issue] 74 (1966): 331–338. Gordon, Lyndall. Eliot’s Early Years. New York: Oxford, 1977. ———. Eliot’s New Life. New York: Farrar, 1988. Sencourt, Robert. T. S. Eliot: A Memoir. Edited by Donald Adamson. New York: Dodd, Mead, 1971. Seymour-Jones, Carole. Painted Shadows: The Life of Vivienne Eliot. London: Constable & Robinson, 2001. PART II Works A to Z After Strange Gods After Strange Gods (1934) On September 17, 1932, T. S. Eliot set sail from England to assume for the coming academic year the Charles Eliot Norton professorship at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.