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The Complete Prose of T. S. Eliot: The Critical Edition
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In 1927, T. S. Eliot was baptized and confirmed in the Church of England and became a naturalized British citizen. The works collected in Literature, Politics, Belief are contemporaneous with Eliot's conversion and exhibit his deepening interest in the history, complexity, and difficulty of belief. During this period he also developed his passion for Renaissance literature and increasingly engaged with English, European, and theological politics.

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-four pieces in 1927, forty-nine in 1928, and twenty-four in 1929, along with a small book on Dante.

Literature, Politics, Belief 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 It also includes two unpublished essays, “The Return of Foxy Grandpa,” a review of Alfred North Whitehead’s Science and the Modern World and Religion in the Making, and the first publication in English of “The Contemporary Novel” (previously in French translation only), which evaluates the state of the novel in Eliot’s time with reference to D. H. Lawrence, Virginia Woolf, Aldous Huxley, and David Garnett.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-xii
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  1. Literature, Politics, Belief, 1927-1929. Introduction
  2. pp. xiii-xlii
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  1. Editorial Procedures and Principles
  2. pp. xliii-l
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. li-liv
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  1. List of Abbreviations
  2. pp. lv-lviii
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. lix-lxii
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  1. Autobiographical Entry for Who’s Who 1927
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. A Commentary (Jan 1927)
  2. pp. 2-7
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  1. Homage to Wilkie Collins: An omnibus review of nine mystery novels
  2. pp. 13-17
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  1. A Note on Poetry and Belief
  2. pp. 18-21
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  1. The Phoenix Nest. An unsigned review of The Phoenix Nest, Reprinted from the Original Edition of 1593, ed. Frederick Etchells and Hugh Macdonald
  2. pp. 22-24
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  1. The Sources of Chapman. An unsigned review of Études sur l’humanisme continental en Angleterre à la fin de la Renaissance by Franck L. Schoell
  2. pp. 30-35
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  1. The Problems of the Shakespeare Sonnets. A review of The Problems of the Shakespeare Sonnets, by J. M. Robertson
  2. pp. 36-39
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  1. Epigrams of an Elizabethan Courtier. An unsigned review of The Epigrams of Sir John Harington, ed. Norman Egbert McClure
  2. pp. 40-43
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  1. Literature, Science, and Dogma. A review of Science and Poetry, by I. A. Richards
  2. pp. 44-50
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  1. A Study of Marlowe. An unsigned review of Christopher Marlowe, by U. M. Ellis-Fermor
  2. pp. 51-55
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  1. Spinoza. An unsigned review of The Oldest Biography of Spinoza, ed. A. Wolf
  2. pp. 56-58
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  1. A Commentary (May 1927)
  2. pp. 59-62
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  1. Popular Theologians: Mr. Wells, Mr. Belloc and Mr. Murry
  2. pp. 63-70
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  1. Baudelaire in our Time
  2. pp. 71-82
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  1. Le roman anglais contemporain. Together with the unpublished original: The Contemporary Novel
  2. pp. 83-94
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  1. A Commentary (June 1927)
  2. pp. 100-104
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  1. Recent Detective Fiction. An omnibus review of sixteen detective novels and of Problems of Modern American Crime, by Veronica and Paul King
  2. pp. 105-109
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  1. Tennyson and Whitman. To the Editor of The Nation and Athenaeum
  2. pp. 110-110
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  1. Niccolò Machiavelli
  2. pp. 111-121
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  1. Thomas Middleton
  2. pp. 122-132
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  1. A Commentary (July 1927)
  2. pp. 133-135
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  1. John Bramhall
  2. pp. 143-151
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  1. Plays of Ben Jonson
  2. pp. 152-155
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  1. A Commentary (Aug 1927)
  2. pp. 156-159
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  1. Why Mr. Russell Is a Christian. A review of Why I Am Not a Christian, by the Hon. Bertrand Russell
  2. pp. 160-163
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  1. Wilkie Collins and Dickens
  2. pp. 164-174
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  1. The Twelfth Century. An unsigned review of The Renaissance of the Twelfth Century, by Charles Homer Haskins
  2. pp. 175-178
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  1. To the Editor of the New York Evening Post
  2. pp. 179-181
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  1. An unsigned review of The Playgoers’ Handbook to the English Renaissance Drama, by Agnes Mure Mackenzie
  2. pp. 182-184
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  1. A Commentary (Sept 1927)
  2. pp. 185-189
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  1. The Silurist. A review of On the Poems of Henry Vaughan: Characteristics and Intimations, by Edmund Blunden
  2. pp. 190-194
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  1. Seneca in Elizabethan Translation
  2. pp. 195-234
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  1. Richard Edwards. An unsigned review of The Life and Times of Richard Edwards, by Leicester Bradner
  2. pp. 235-238
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  1. The Mysticism of Blake
  2. pp. 239-244
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  1. Shakespeare and the Stoicism of Seneca
  2. pp. 245-260
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  1. The Return of Foxy Grandpa. An unpublished review of Science and the Modern World and Religion in the Making, by Alfred North Whitehead
  2. pp. 261-266
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  1. A Commentary (Oct 1927)
  2. pp. 267-269
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  1. An unsigned review of The Canary Murder Case, by S. S. Van Dine
  2. pp. 270-270
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  1. Mr. Middleton Murry’s Synthesis
  2. pp. 271-277
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  1. Parnassus Biceps. An unsigned review of Parnassus Biceps; or, Several Choice Pieces of Poetry 1656, ed. G. Thorn-Drury
  2. pp. 278-281
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  1. Tristan da Cunha. To the Editor of The New Statesman
  2. pp. 282-282
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  1. A Scholar’s Essays. A review of Nine Essays, by Arthur Platt, with a preface by A. E. Housman
  2. pp. 283-285
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  1. A Commentary (Nov 1927)
  2. pp. 286-289
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  1. To the Editor of The Church Times
  2. pp. 290-292
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  1. A Commentary (Dec 1927)
  2. pp. 293-295
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  1. To the Editor of the New York Evening Post
  2. pp. 296-297
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  1. Stage Studies. An unsigned review of Pre-Restoration Stage Studies and The Physical Conditions of the Elizabethan Public Playhouse, by William J. Lawrence
  2. pp. 298-301
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  1. L’Action Française. To the Editor of The Church Times
  2. pp. 302-303
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  1. Francis Herbert Bradley
  2. pp. 304-314
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  1. Mr. Chesterton (and Stevenson). A review of Robert Louis Stevenson, by G. K. Chesterton
  2. pp. 315-317
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  1. A Commentary (Jan 1928)
  2. pp. 318-320
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  1. Isolated Superiority. A review of Personae: The Collected Poems of Ezra Pound
  2. pp. 321-325
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  1. John Webster. An unsigned first review of The Complete Works of John Webster, ed. F. L. Lucas
  2. pp. 326-332
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  1. A Commentary (Feb 1928)
  2. pp. 333-336
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  1. An Emotional Unity. A review of Selected Letters, 1896-1924, by Baron Friedrich von Hügel, ed. with a memoir by Bernard Holland
  2. pp. 337-342
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  1. Frenchified. To the Editor of The New Statesman
  2. pp. 343-344
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  1. Culture and Anarchy. An unsigned first review of La Trahison des clercs, by Julien Benda
  2. pp. 345-350
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  1. L’Action Française. To the Editor of The Church Times
  2. pp. 351-353
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  1. The Criterion. To the Editor of The New Statesman
  2. pp. 354-355
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  1. Introduction to The Moonstone, by Wilkie Collins
  2. pp. 356-363
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  1. L’Action Française. To the Editor of The Church Times
  2. pp. 364-365
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  1. A Commentary (Mar 1928)
  2. pp. 366-368
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  1. The Action Française, M. Maurras and Mr. Ward
  2. pp. 369-378
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  1. A Note on Richard Crashaw
  2. pp. 379-384
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  1. Dainty Devices. An unsigned review of The Paradise of Dainty Devices (1576-1606), ed. Hyder Edward Rollins
  2. pp. 390-393
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  1. The Monthly Criterion. To the Editor of The Nation and Athenaeum
  2. pp. 394-395
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  1. A Dialogue on Dramatic Poetry. With the Original Preface
  2. pp. 396-412
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  1. Preface to the 1928 edition of The Sacred Wood: Essays on Poetry and Criticism
  2. pp. 413-415
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  1. A Commentary (June 1928)
  2. pp. 416-420
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  1. L’Action Française . . . A Reply to Mr. Ward
  2. pp. 421-424
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  1. Mr. Lucas’s Webster. A second review of The Complete Works of John Webster, ed. F. L. Lucas
  2. pp. 425-430
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  1. Parliament and the New Prayer Book. To the Editor of The New Adelphi
  2. pp. 431-434
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  1. The Idealism of Julien Benda. A second review of La Trahison des clercs, by Julien Benda
  2. pp. 435-445
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  1. The Life of Prayer. An unsigned review of Prayer and Intelligence by Jacques and Raïssa Maritain, trans. Algar Thorold
  2. pp. 446-448
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  1. The Oxford Jonson. A review of Ben Jonson, ed. C. H. Herford and Percy Simpson. Vols I, II, III
  2. pp. 449-453
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  1. The Humanism of Irving Babbitt
  2. pp. 454-462
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  1. Sir John Denham. An unsigned review of The Poetical Works of Sir John Denham ed. Theodore Howard Banks, Jr.
  2. pp. 463-466
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  1. An Extempore Exhumation. A review of The Skull of Swift, by Shane Leslie
  2. pp. 467-469
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  1. Seventeenth-Century Preachers. An unsigned review of English Preachers and Preaching: 1640-1670, by Caroline Francis Richardson
  2. pp. 470-472
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  1. A Commentary (Sept 1928)
  2. pp. 473-478
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  1. Civilization: 1928 Model. A review of Civilization: An Essay, by Clive Bell
  2. pp. 479-482
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  1. An unsigned review of The Greene Murder Case, by S. S. Van Dine
  2. pp. 483-484
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  1. The Golden Ass of Apuleius. A review of The Golden Ass Apuleius . . . Trans. W. Adlington. With an Essay by Charles Whibley
  2. pp. 485-488
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  1. The New Censorship. To the Editor of The Nation and Athenaeum
  2. pp. 489-489
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  1. Preface to This American World, by Edgar Ansel Mowrer
  2. pp. 490-494
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  1. Questions of Prose. To the Editor of The Times Literary Supplement
  2. pp. 495-496
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  1. Publishers’ Preface to Fishermen of the Banks, by James B. Connolly
  2. pp. 497-499
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  1. Three Reformers. An unsigned review of Three Reformers: Luther, Descartes, Rousseau, by Jacques Maritain
  2. pp. 504-509
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  1. Augustan Age Tories. An unsigned review of The Social and Political Ideas of Some English Thinkers of the Augustan Age, A.D. 1650-1750, ed. F. J. C. Hearnshaw
  2. pp. 510-512
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  1. Preface to For Lancelot Andrewes: Essays on Style and Order
  2. pp. 513-514
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  1. Censorship. To the Editor of Time and Tide
  2. pp. 515-516
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  1. Introduction to Selected Poems, by Ezra Pound; rpt. with Postscript
  2. pp. 517-533
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  1. A Commentary (Dec 1928)
  2. pp. 534-539
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  1. The Literature of Fascism
  2. pp. 540-550
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  1. Freud’s Illusions. A review of The Future of an Illusion, by Sigmund Freud, trans. W. D. Robson-Scott
  2. pp. 551-554
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  1. Elizabeth and Essex. An unsigned review of Elizabeth and Essex: A Tragic History, by Lytton Strachey
  2. pp. 555-561
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  1. Introduction to The Merry Masque of Our Lady in London Town, by Charles A. Claye
  2. pp. 562-567
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  1. Turbervile’s Ovid. An unsigned review of The Heroycall Epistles of Ovid, translated into English Verse by George Turbervile, ed. Frederick Boas
  2. pp. 578-581
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  1. Contemporary Literature: Is Modern. Realism Frankness or Filth? To the Editor of The Forum
  2. pp. 582-584
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  1. Mr. P. E. More’s Essays. An unsigned review of The Demon of the Absolute, by Paul Elmer More
  2. pp. 585-588
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  1. The Latin Tradition. An unsigned review of Founders of the Middle Ages, by Edward Kennard Rand
  2. pp. 589-592
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  1. Sleeveless Errand. To the Editor of The New Statesman
  2. pp. 593-595
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  1. A Commentary (Apr 1929)
  2. pp. 596-600
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  1. Sacco and Vanzetti. To the Editor of The Nation and Athenaeum
  2. pp. 611-611
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  1. The Little Review. To the Editor of The Little Review
  2. pp. 612-613
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  1. Second Thoughts about Humanism
  2. pp. 614-624
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  1. The Tudor Translators
  2. pp. 625-633
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  1. The Elizabethan Grub Street
  2. pp. 634-642
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  1. The Genesis of Philosophic Prose: Bacon and Hooker
  2. pp. 643-651
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  1. A Commentary (July 1929)
  2. pp. 652-656
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  1. Mr. Barnes and Mr. Rowse
  2. pp. 657-665
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  1. An unsigned review of Extraits d’un Journal: 1908-1928, by Charles du Bos
  2. pp. 666-666
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  1. The Prose of the Preacher: The Sermons of Donne
  2. pp. 667-674
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  1. Elizabethan Travellers’ Tales
  2. pp. 675-682
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  1. The Tudor Biographers
  2. pp. 683-690
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  1. Preface to Dante
  2. pp. 695-699
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  1. Dante
  2. pp. 700-745
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  1. A Commentary (Oct 1929)
  2. pp. 746-752
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  1. Experiment in Criticism
  2. pp. 753-768
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 769-786
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  1. Illustrations
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