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The Complete Prose of T. S. Eliot: The Critical Edition
Ronald Schuchard, General Editor
Jewel Spears Brooker
The Complete Prose of T. S. Eliot gathers for the first time in one place the collected, uncollected, and unpublished prose of one of the most prolific writers of the twentieth century. The result of a multi-year collaboration among Eliot's Estate, Faber and Faber Ltd., Johns Hopkins University Press, the Beck Digital Center of Emory University, and the Institute of English Studies, University of London, this eight-volume critical edition dramatically expands access to material that has been restricted or inaccessible in private and institutional collections for almost fifty years.
Eliot engaged the modern world and entered into dialogue with its intellectuals in numerous fields, writing comprehensively on poetry, fiction, drama, literary criticism, religion, humanism, cultural and economic theory, education, world politics, and other topics of intellectual import. General Editor Ronald Schuchard describes this work as an opportunity "to restore Eliot's full voice in the public domain and to bring back into hearing the voices of those with whom he struggled to resolve the problems and dilemmas of his time."
The fully searchable, integrative edition includes all of Eliot's collected essays, reviews, lectures, commentaries from The Criterion, and letters to editors, including more than 700 uncollected and 150 unpublished pieces from 1905 to 1965. Other highlights include essays from his student years at Smith Academy and Harvard and his graduate work at Harvard and Oxford, including his doctoral dissertation; unsigned, unidentified essays published in the New Statesman and the Monist; essays and reviews published in the Egoist, Athenaeum, TLS, Dial, Art and Letters; his Clark and Turnbull lectures on metaphysical poetry, Norton Lectures, Page-Barbour Lectures, Boutwood Lectures; unpublished essays, lectures, addresses from various archives; and transcripts of broadcasts, speeches, endorsements, and memorial tributes.
Each item has been textually edited, annotated, and cross-referenced by an international group of leading Eliot scholars, led by Schuchard, a renowned scholar of Eliot and Modernism. The volumes will be released in sequence and published on Project MUSE, with an archival print edition to be published once all eight volumes have been released. The first two volumes, Apprentice Years, 1905-1918 and The Perfect Critic, 1919-1926 will be published in 2014, with pairs of subsequent volumes scheduled for release in successive years.
The editorial project has been supported by grants from the Hodson Trust, the Eliot Estate, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Lewis H. Beck Foundation, the Arts and Humanities Research Council of the United Kingdom, and the Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London.
Ronald Schuchard, the Goodrich C. White Professor of English, Emeritus, at Emory University, is the author of award-winning Eliot's Dark Angel (1999) and The Last Minstrels: Yeats and the Revival of the Bardic Arts (2008). The editor of Eliot's Clark and Turnbull lectures, The Varieties of Metaphysical Poetry (1993), he is co-editor with John Kelly of The Collected Letters of W. B. Yeats, Volume 3 (1994), Volume 4 (2005), winner of the MLA's Cohen Award for a Distinguished Edition of Letters, and Volume 5 (forthcoming). A former Guggenheim fellow and founder-director of the T. S. Eliot International Summer School (2009-2013), he is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
We are delighted to announce the inclusion in Volume 1 of a significant and previously unknown prose item: the syllabus for the first course that T. S. Eliot taught at Harvard in 1913 as an Assistant in Philosophy. Discovered by a doctoral student from the T. S. Eliot International Summer School, the syllabus was found in Eliot's brother's papers.
One of the great benefits of digital publication is the ability to correct errors. We have corrected several pages each in Volumes 1 and 2, detailed in the links below:
Volume 3: Literature, Politics, Belief, 1927-1929
Edited by Frances Dickey, Jennifer Formichelli, and Ronald Schuchard
Publication date: Fall 2015
T. S. Eliot was baptized and confirmed in the Church of England in 1927; he also became a naturalized British citizen. The works collected in Volume 3 are contemporaneous with Eliot's conversion and coincide with his deepening interest in the history, complexity, and difficulty of belief.
The nine essays Eliot collected in his third volume of criticism, For Lancelot Andrewes (1928), represent only a fraction of his writing from this period. He produced fifty-two pieces in 1927, forty-seven in 1928, and twenty-four in 1929, along with a small book on Dante.
Volume 3 includes Eliot's reviews of detective novels and an edition of The Complete Sherlock Holmes Short Stories; his review of a two-volume biography of Edgar Allan Poe; and his introduction to Ezra Pound's Selected Poems. It also includes the first English publication of the essay "Le roman contemporaine," which evaluates the state of the contemporary novel with reference to D.H. Lawrence, Virginia Woolf, Aldous Huxley, and David Garnett.
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