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The period of T. S. Eliot’s life between the ages of forty-one and forty-five was a time of great inner disturbance, including the permanent separation from his wife Vivien. And yet these difficult years also witnessed a steady widening and deepening of his critical interests, in essays that represent the crucible of Eliot’s mature literary, cultural, political, and theological thought.

Among the highlights of work included in this volume are two books of collected lecture series, The Use of Poetry and the Use of Criticism and John Dryden: The Poet, The Dramatist, The Critic; two pamphlets, Thoughts after Lambeth and Charles Whibley; and substantial essays on seventeenth-century drama, “Cyril Tourneur,” “Thomas Heywood,” and “John Ford” that originally appeared as leading articles in the Times Literary Supplement. Also included are a dozen BBC broadcasts, restoring material cut from the original typescripts, and more than fifty miscellaneous essays, including previously uncollected Criterion editorials, prefaces, letters, and reviews.

Eliot returned to the United States in 1932 for the first time in seventeen years to assume the Charles Eliot Norton Professorship of Poetry at Harvard, providing in his Norton lectures his most important statement on the history and development of English literary criticism, his major engagement with the legacy of the English Romantic poets, and a principal defense of the obscurity of modern verse. He delivered more than forty public talks during the nine months he spent in the United States. Most of his talks were never intended for publication. This volume includes the texts of five unpublished American lectures reconstructed by the editors from a range of contemporary eyewitness accounts. They supplement and enrich our knowledge of Eliot’s statements on literary, cultural, and religious matters, and provide revealing glimpses into his thoughts about particular authors.

The most important previously unpublished materials in this volume are the lecture notes to Eliot’s undergraduate class on contemporary literature at Harvard, English 26: “Contemporary English Literature (1890 to the Present Time).” Ninety-two pages of handwritten notes for twenty lectures reveal unparalleled evidence of Eliot’s thoughts on his contemporaries, including James Joyce, Ezra Pound, W. B. Yeats, and D. H. Lawrence.

Upon his return to the United Kingdom in 1933, Eliot embarked upon a new direction as a creative writer—composing verse choruses for a religious drama. His hopes for creative renewal, however, did little to assuage the guilty qualms ascribed to the “honest poet” in the concluding lecture of The Use of Poetry and the Use of Criticism, who worried that he had “wasted his time and messed up his life for nothing.”

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-viii
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  1. English Lion, 1930-1933: Introduction
  2. pp. ix-xxxii
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  1. Editorial Procedures and Principles
  2. pp. xxxiii-xl
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xli-xliv
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. pp. xlv-xlviii
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  1. Illustrations
  2. pp. xlix-lii
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  1. Part 1: Essays, Reviews, and Commentaries
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. A Commentary (Jan 1930)
  2. pp. 3-6
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  1. A review of God: Being an Introduction to the Science of Metabiology, by John Middleton Murry
  2. pp. 7-10
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  1. A review of Baudelaire and the Symbolists: Five Essays, by Peter Quennell
  2. pp. 11-14
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  1. An unsigned review of A Game at Chesse, by Thomas Middleton, ed. R. C. Bald
  2. pp. 15-19
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  1. Poetry and Propaganda
  2. pp. 20-35
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  1. Religion without Humanism
  2. pp. 36-43
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  1. Thinking in Verse: A Survey of Early Seventeenth-Century Poetry
  2. pp. 44-56
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  1. Rhyme and Reason: The Poetry of John Donne
  2. pp. 57-70
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  1. The Devotional Poets of the Seventeenth Century: Donne, Herbert, Crashaw
  2. pp. 71-84
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  1. To the Editor of The Bookman
  2. pp. 85-88
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  1. A Commentary (Apr 1930)
  2. pp. 89-93
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  1. In Memoriam [Moncrieff, Lawrence, Whibley]
  2. p. 94
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  1. Mystic and Politician as Poet: Vaughan, Traherne, Marvell, Milton
  2. pp. 95-107
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  1. D. H. Lawrence. To the Editor of The Nation and Athenaeum
  2. p. 108
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  1. The Minor Metaphysicals: From Cowley to Dryden
  2. pp. 109-119
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  1. John Dryden
  2. pp. 120-131
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  1. Preface to Anabasis: A Poem by St.-J. Perse, with a Translation into English by T. S. Eliot
  2. pp. 132-137
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  1. Message to the Anglo-Catholic Congress in London
  2. p. 138
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  1. Second Message to the Anglo-Catholic Congress
  2. pp. 139-140
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  1. A Commentary (July 1930)
  2. pp. 141-144
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  1. Introduction to The Wheel of Fire: Essays in Interpretation of Shakespeare’s Sombre Tragedies by G. Wilson Knight
  2. pp. 145-154
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  1. Baudelaire
  2. pp. 155-167
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  1. Introductory Essay to London: A Poem and The Vanity of Human Wishes by Samuel Johnson
  2. pp. 168-175
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  1. Arnold and Pater
  2. pp. 176-189
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  1. A Commentary (Oct 1930)
  2. pp. 190-193
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  1. To the Editor of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch
  2. pp. 194-196
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  1. Cyril Tourneur
  2. pp. 197-208
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  1. Mocking-Birds. To the Editor of The New Statesman
  2. pp. 209-210
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  1. The Book of Beauty. To the Editor of The Nation and Athenaeum
  2. pp. 211-212
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  1. A Commentary (Jan 1931)
  2. pp. 213-220
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  1. Tourneur and The Revenger’s Tragedy. To the Editor of The Times Literary Supplement
  2. pp. 221-222
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  1. Thoughts after Lambeth
  2. pp. 223-250
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  1. Classicism and Romanticism. To the Editor of The Dublin Review
  2. pp. 251-252
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  1. A Commentary (Apr 1931)
  2. pp. 253-264
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  1. Dryden the Poet
  2. pp. 265-274
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  1. Dryden the Dramatist
  2. pp. 275-285
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  1. Dryden the Critic
  2. pp. 286-295
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  1. If I Were a Dean
  2. pp. 296-299
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  1. A review of The Prospects of Humanism, by Lawrence Hyde
  2. pp. 300-302
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  1. A Commentary (July 1931)
  2. pp. 303-312
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  1. A review of Son of Woman: The Story of D. H. Lawrence, by J. Middleton Murry
  2. pp. 313-319
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  1. A review of Essays of a Catholic Layman in England, by Hilaire Belloc
  2. pp. 320-322
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  1. The Modern Dilemma. Syllabus for Four BBC Broadcasts
  2. pp. 323-326
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  1. Thomas Heywood
  2. pp. 327-337
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  1. The Pensées of Pascal
  2. pp. 338-353
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  1. A Commentary (Oct 1931)
  2. pp. 354-361
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  1. A review of Fashion in Literature: A Study of Changing Taste, by E. E. Kellett
  2. pp. 362-364
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  1. Preface to Transit of Venus: Poems, by Harry Crosby
  2. pp. 365-368
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  1. Donne in our Time
  2. pp. 369-382
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  1. To the Editor of The Times
  2. p. 383
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  1. Charles Whibley
  2. pp. 384-398
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  1. B.B.C. Talks on Fiction. The Change of Policy. To the Editor of The Times
  2. pp. 399-402
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  1. A Commentary (Jan 1932)
  2. pp. 403-411
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  1. George Herbert
  2. pp. 412-416
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  1. Preface to Bubu of Montparnasse, by Charles-Louis Philippe. Trans. Laurence Vail
  2. pp. 417-421
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  1. Christianity and Communism
  2. pp. 422-431
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  1. Mr. Harold Monro: A Poet and his Ideal
  2. pp. 432-435
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  1. Religion and Science: A Phantom Dilemma
  2. pp. 436-445
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  1. The Search for Moral Sanction
  2. pp. 446-455
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  1. A Commentary (Apr 1932)
  2. pp. 456-463
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  1. Building Up the Christian World
  2. pp. 464-473
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  1. John Ford
  2. pp. 474-485
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  1. What Is Modern Psychology? Letter to the Editor of The Listener
  2. pp. 486-487
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  1. A Commentary (July 1932)
  2. pp. 488-496
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  1. Preface to Selected Essays, by T. S. Eliot
  2. p. 497
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  1. A Commentary (Oct 1932)
  2. pp. 498-505
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  1. A Commentary (Jan 1933)
  2. pp. 508-514
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  1. A Commentary (Apr 1933)
  2. pp. 515-521
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  1. Critical Note to The Collected Poems of Harold Monro, ed. Alida Monro, with a biographical sketch by F. S. Flint
  2. pp. 522-526
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  1. A Commentary (July 1933)
  2. pp. 527-533
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  1. Catholicism and International Order
  2. pp. 534-546
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  1. A review of Letters of Mrs. Gaskell and Charles Eliot Norton, 1855-1865. Ed. with an introduction by Jane Whitehill
  2. pp. 547-549
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  1. A Commentary (Oct 1933)
  2. pp. 550-556
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  1. Housman on Poetry. A review of The Name and Nature of Poetry, by A. E. Housman
  2. pp. 557-560
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  1. Report on The Listener Poems
  2. pp. 561-566
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  1. Measure for Measure at the Old Vic. To the Editor of The Times
  2. pp. 567-568
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  1. Part 2: Lectures in America, 1932-33
  2. pp. 569-570
  1. A. Chronology of Lectures and Readings
  2. pp. 571-573
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  1. The Bible as Scripture and as Literature
  2. pp. 695-708
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  1. Lecture Notes for English 26: English Literature from 1890 to the Present Day
  2. pp. 758-809
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  1. The Modern Dilemma [originally “Two Masters”]
  2. pp. 810-816
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  1. Address by T. S. Eliot, ’06, to the Class of ’33, June 17, 1933
  2. pp. 817-824
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  1. B. Editorial Introduction to Reconstructed Lectures, 1933
  2. pp. 825-827
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  1. Edward Lear and Modern Poetry
  2. pp. 828-833
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  1. The Development of Taste in Poetry
  2. pp. 834-836
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  1. The Study of Shakespeare Criticism
  2. pp. 837-839
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  1. The Tendency of Some Modern Poetry
  2. pp. 840-845
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  1. English Poets as Letter Writers
  2. pp. 846-850
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 851-874
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  1. Image Plates
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781421418919
MARC Record
OCLC
930586691
Pages
944
Launched on MUSE
2015-12-02
Language
English
Open Access
No
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