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Volume 5 of The Complete Prose of T. S. Eliot covers the years 1934–1939. Subtitled Tradition and Orthodoxy, the volume documents Eliot’s engagements with the many social crises that dominated the 1930s.

The abstractions of political theory and the claims of Christian theology were the two disciplines by which Eliot steered his way through the political and economic problems of the decade. The lingering effects of the Great Depression and the consequent rise of extremist political ideologies in the early 1930s gave rise to Eliot’s reflections on the failures of capitalism and liberal democracy in addressing these problems. The popularity of, and problems with, fascism and communism provided Eliot with numerous opportunities to reject both options and to sketch instead ways in which traditional culture and orthodox Christianity could provide principles, if not practical ideas, for reweaving the disintegrating fabric of culture. The arts and literature are continuing themes in this volume, though now they are considered in their social totalities, including culture and religion.

Eliot’s controversial and speculative lectures—given in Virginia in 1933, and published the next year as After Strange Gods—are republished in this volume for the first time since 1934. Here, he attempts to interpret aesthetic and artistic concerns in a broader moral frame that includes sociological and theological themes. Throughout the volume, Eliot is engrossed in the emerging field of Christian sociology, which considers how Christian cultures operate and are structured. The arc of this period begins in the stark moralizing of After Strange Gods and ends in the more generous vision of The Idea of a Christian Society, written as Europe moved inexorably toward another total war.

There are eight pieces published in this volume for the first time, including two lectures on Christianity, “The Church as an Ecumenical Society” and “The Christian in the Modern World,” a short radio broadcast, and two major literary lectures, “Tradition and the Practice of Poetry” and the two talks gathered here as “The Development of Shakespeare’s Verse.” There are a further fifteen items that had been previously published but were unrecorded in the Gallup bibliography, plus another eight signed letters and documents with multiple authorship, also unrecorded in Gallup. Here are reproduced, with full textual notes and annotations, all of the books, articles, commentaries, radio broadcasts, lectures, letters to the editor, and other prose forms in which Eliot sought to reach broad and diverse audiences on the matters that most compelled his attention in this tumultuous decade.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-x
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  1. Tradition and Orthodoxy, 1934-1939: Introduction
  2. pp. xi-xxxvi
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  1. Editorial Procedures and Principles
  2. pp. xxxvii-xlvi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xlvii-l
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  1. List of Abbreviations
  2. pp. li-liv
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. lv-lvi
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  1. Part I: Essays, Reviews, Commentaries, and Public Letters
  1. 1934
  1. A Commentary (Jan 1934)
  2. pp. 3-12
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  1. The Blackshirts. To the Editor of The Church Times
  2. pp. 13-14
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  1. After Strange Gods: A Primer of Modern Heresy
  2. pp. 15-55
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  1. Le Morte Darthur. A review of Le Morte Darthur, Reduced into Englisshe by Sir Thomas Malory
  2. Text prepared by A. S. Mott
  3. pp. 56-61
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  1. Postcard. Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 1772-1834
  2. p. 62
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  1. Mr. Eliot’s Virginian Lectures. To the Editor of The New English Weekly
  2. pp. 63-64
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  1. The Theology of Economics. To the Editor of The New English Weekly
  2. pp. 65-66
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  1. Shakespearian Criticism I. From Dryden to Coleridge
  2. pp. 67-79
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  1. A Commentary (Apr 1934)
  2. pp. 80-83
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  1. Mr. T. S. Eliot’s Quandaries. To the Editor of The New English Weekly
  2. pp. 84-86
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  1. Modern Heresies. To the Editor of The New English Weekly
  2. pp. 87-88
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  1. Prefatory Note to The Rock: A Pageant Play...Book of Words by T. S. Eliot.
  2. pp. 89-92
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  1. “The Rock.” To the Editor of The Spectator
  2. pp. 93-94
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  1. “The Rock.” To the Editor of The New Statesman and Nation
  2. p. 95
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  1. “The Use of Poetry.” To the Editor of The New English Weekly
  2. pp. 96-98
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  1. A Commentary (July 1934)
  2. pp. 99-106
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  1. A review of The Oxford Handbook of Religious Knowledge
  2. p. 107
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  1. A review of The Mystical Doctrine of St. John of the Cross
  2. p. 108
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  1. In Sincerity and Earnestness: New Britain As I See It
  2. pp. 109-112
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  1. A review of Christian Sociology for To-day: An Abridged Edition of “Faith and Society,” by Maurice B. Reckitt
  2. p. 113
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  1. John Marston
  2. pp. 114-125
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  1. The Problem of Education
  2. pp. 126-130
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  1. To the Editor of Social Credit
  2. p. 131
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  1. A Commentary (Oct 1934)
  2. pp. 132-137
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  1. Religious Drama and the Church
  2. pp. 138-141
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  1. What Does the Church Stand For?
  2. pp. 142-145
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  1. Orage: Memories
  2. pp. 146-147
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  1. 1935
  1. A Commentary (Jan 1935)
  2. pp. 148-153
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  1. Notes on the Way [I]
  2. pp. 154-157
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  1. Dowson’s Poems. To the Editor of the Times Literary Supplement
  2. p. 158
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  1. Notes on the Way [II]
  2. pp. 159-165
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  1. Notes on the Way [III]
  2. pp. 166-172
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  1. T. S. Eliot’s Notes on the Way [I]. To the Editor of Time and Tide
  2. pp. 173-174
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  1. Notes on the Way [IV]
  2. pp. 175-181
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  1. Mr. Milne and the War [I]. To the Editor of Time and Tide
  2. pp. 182-184
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  1. The Christian in the Modern World
  2. pp. 185-195
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  1. Literature and the Modern World
  2. pp. 196-204
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  1. T. S. Eliot’s Notes on the Way [II]. To the Editor of Time and Tide
  2. pp. 205-207
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  1. Mr. Milne and the War [II]. To the Editor of Time and Tide
  2. pp. 208-209
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  1. Douglas in the Church Assembly. To the Editor of The New English Weekly
  2. pp. 210-212
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  1. T. S. Eliot’s Notes on the Way [III]. To the Editor of Time and Tide
  2. p. 213
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  1. The Church Assembly and Social Credit. To the Editor of The New English Weekly
  2. pp. 214-215
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  1. The Church and Society. To the Editor of The New English Weekly
  2. pp. 216-217
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  1. Religion and Literature
  2. pp. 218-229
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  1. Introduction to Selected Poems, by Marianne Moore
  2. pp. 230-237
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  1. A Commentary (Apr 1935)
  2. pp. 238-244
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  1. Autobiographical Note. Harvard College Class of 1910: Seventh Report
  2. pp. 245-248
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  1. Views and Reviews [I]
  2. pp. 249-253
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  1. Views and Reviews [II]
  2. pp. 254-257
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  1. A Commentary (July 1935)
  2. pp. 258-260
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  1. This England! To the Editor of The Church Times
  2. pp. 261-262
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  1. Should There Be a Censorship of Books?
  2. pp. 263-267
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  1. Views and Reviews [III]
  2. pp. 268-271
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  1. A Commentary (Oct 1935)
  2. pp. 272-277
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  1. Errata. To the Editor of The New English Weekly
  2. p. 278
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  1. Pacifism. To the Editor of The New English Weekly
  2. pp. 279-280
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  1. Views and Reviews [IV]
  2. pp. 281-284
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  1. The Supernatural. To the Editor of The New English Weekly
  2. p. 285
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  1. Stilton Cheese. To the Editor of The Times
  2. pp. 286-287
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  1. Audiences, Producers, Plays, Poets
  2. pp. 288-289
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  1. Cheese. To the Editor of The New Statesman and Nation
  2. p. 290
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  1. 1936
  1. Lord Victor Seymour. To the Editor of The Church Times
  2. pp. 291-292
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  1. A reply to Roland Burke Savage’s “Literature at the Irish Crossroads"
  2. pp. 293-299
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  1. Tradition and the Practice of Poetry
  2. pp. 300-310
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  1. A Commentary (Jan 1936)
  2. pp. 311-317
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  1. An unsigned review of Totem: The Exploitation of Youth, by Harold Stovin
  2. pp. 318-319
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  1. An unsigned review of Selected Shelburne Essays, by Paul Elmer More
  2. p. 320
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  1. Preface to Essays Ancient and Modern, by T. S. Eliot
  2. pp. 321-322
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  1. In Memoriam
  2. pp. 323-336
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  1. Modern Education and the Classics
  2. pp. 337-345
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  1. Christian Sociology. A review of Preface to a Christian Sociology, by Cyril E. Hudson
  2. pp. 346-348
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  1. Saving the Future: Mission of the Save the Children Fund: Practical Service at Home and Abroad
  2. pp. 349-354
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  1. The Church as Action: Note on a Recent Correspondence
  2. pp. 355-357
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  1. A Commentary (Apr 1936)
  2. pp. 358-364
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  1. The Church as Action [II]. To the Editor of The New English Weekly
  2. pp. 365-366
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  1. The Church as Action [III]. To the Editor of The New English Weekly
  2. pp. 367-368
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  1. G. K. Chesterton
  2. pp. 369-370
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  1. Milton I
  2. pp. 371-379
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  1. A Commentary (July 1936)
  2. pp. 380-385
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  1. The Year’s Poetry
  2. p. 386
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  1. Mr. Murry’s Shakespeare. A review of Shakespeare, by John Middleton Murry
  2. pp. 387-391
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  1. Dr. Charles Harris. To the Editor of The Times
  2. pp. 392-393
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  1. A Commentary (Oct 1936)
  2. pp. 394-400
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  1. The Need for Poetic Drama
  2. pp. 401-406
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  1. 1937
  1. The Week’s “Good Cause” Appeal: “The North Kensington Community Centre"
  2. pp. 407-409
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  1. A Commentary (Jan 1937)
  2. pp. 410-417
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  1. Paul Elmer More
  2. pp. 418-423
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  1. The Church’s Message to the World
  2. pp. 424-429
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  1. Byron
  2. pp. 430-448
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  1. Mr. Reckitt, Mr. Tomlin, and the Crisis
  2. pp. 449-456
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  1. Introduction to Nightwood, by Djuna Barnes
  2. pp. 457-462
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  1. The Revenger’s Tragedy: A Note by T. S. Eliot
  2. pp. 463-465
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  1. A Commentary (Apr 1937)
  2. pp. 466-471
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  1. Introduction to Revelation, eds. John Baillie and Hugh Martin
  2. pp. 472-496
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  1. The Church as an Ecumenical Society
  2. pp. 497-503
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  1. A Commentary (July 1937)
  2. pp. 504-509
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  1. Report of a Speech Day Address at the Kingswood School
  2. pp. 510-513
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  1. The Oxford Conference [I]. To the Editor of The Church Times
  2. pp. 514-516
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  1. The Oxford Conference [II]. To the Editor of The Church Times
  2. pp. 517-518
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  1. Religious Drama: Mediaeval and Modern
  2. pp. 519-530
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  1. The Development of Shakespeare’s Verse. Two Lectures
  2. pp. 531-561
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  1. A Commentary (Oct 1937)
  2. pp. 562-567
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  1. An Anglican Platonist: The Conversion of Elmer More. An unsigned review of Pages from an Oxford Diary, by Paul Elmer More
  2. pp. 568-572
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  1. A retrospective review of The Lion and the Fox: The Rôle of the Hero in the Plays of Shakespeare, by Wyndham Lewis
  2. pp. 573-578
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  1. 1938
  1. A Note on Two Odes of Cowley
  2. pp. 579-588
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  1. A Commentary (Jan 1938)
  2. pp. 589-596
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  1. Report of an address at Southwark Cathedral
  2. pp. 597-598
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  1. To the Editor of Blackfriars
  2. pp. 599-600
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  1. To the Editor of The New English Weekly
  2. p. 601
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  1. On a Recent Piece of Criticism
  2. pp. 602-608
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  1. A Commentary (Apr 1938)
  2. pp. 609-616
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  1. Report of a lecture on George Herbert
  2. pp. 617-622
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  1. On Christianity and a Useful Life. A Speech Day address, Truro School, Cornwall
  2. pp. 623-629
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  1. How to Read Poetry. A Prize Day address, West Cornwall School for Girls, Penzance
  2. pp. 630-635
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  1. Memorandum for the Archbishops’ Commission on Training for the Ministry
  2. pp. 636-639
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  1. A Commentary (July 1938)
  2. pp. 640-645
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  1. Professor H. H. Joachim. To the Editor of The Times
  2. pp. 646-647
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  1. A Commentary (Oct 1938)
  2. pp. 648-652
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  1. The Future of Poetic Drama
  2. pp. 653-658
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  1. 1939
  1. Last Words
  2. pp. 659-665
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  1. Liberal Manifesto. To the Editor of The Church Times
  2. pp. 666-667
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  1. A Commentary: That Poetry Is Made with Words.
  2. pp. 668-671
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  1. A Commentary: On Reading Official Reports
  2. pp. 672-675
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  1. Correspondence: “That Poetry Is Made with Words"
  2. p. 676
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  1. Truth and Propaganda. To the Editor of The New English Weekly
  2. pp. 677-678
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  1. A Commentary
  2. pp. 679-682
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  1. The Idea of a Christian Society
  2. pp. 683-747
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  1. A Lay Theologian. A review of The Descent of the Dove: A Short History of the Holy Spirit in the Church, by Charles Williams
  2. pp. 748-752
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  1. A Sub-Pagan Society?
  2. pp. 753-756
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  1. Part II: Signed Letters and Documents with Multiple Authorship
  1. The Money System. To the Editor of The Times (5 Apr 1934)
  2. Lascelles Abercrombie, Bonamy Dobrée, T. S. Eliot, Aldous Huxley, Hewlett Johnson, Edwin Muir, Hamish Miles, Herbert Read, and I. A. Richards
  3. pp. 759-760
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  1. The Monetary System. To the Editor of The Times (10 May 1934)
  2. Lascelles Abercrombie, Bonamy Dobrée, T. S. Eliot, Aldous Huxley, Hewlett Johnson, Hamish Miles, Edwin Muir, Herbert Read, I. A. Richards.
  3. p. 761
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  1. Authors and the Law of Libel: Plea for Reform. To the Editor of The Times (13 Mar 1936)
  2. Richard Aldington; Michael Arlen; Maurice Baring; Phyllis Bentley; Edmund Blunden; Vera Brittain; John Drinkwater; T. S. Eliot; David Garnett; Philip Gibbs; Philip Guedalla; A. P. Herbert; Aldous Huxley; Storm Jameson; Sheila Kaye-Smith; E. V. Knox; Rose Macaulay; John Masefield; A. A. Milne; Naomi Mitchison; Charles Morgan; Henry W. Nevinson; R. Ellis Roberts; V. Sackville-West; Beatrice Kean Seymour; William Kean Seymour; Evelyn Sharp; Helen Simpson; Ralph Straus; Frank Swinnerton; H. M. Tomlinson; H. G. Wells; Rebecca West; Virginia Woolf.
  3. pp. 762-764
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  1. A Chelsea Square Trolley-Bus Proposal. To the Editor of The Times (31 July 1937)
  2. Max Beerbohm, Clive Bell, E. F. Benson, David Cecil, Kenneth Clark, W. G. Constable, Crewe, Campbell Dodgson, T. S. Eliot, Arundell Esdaile, Peter Fleming, John Gretton, Wilson Harris, George Hill, A. M. Hind, C. E. M. Joad, Rose Macaulay, Edward Maufe, Charles Morgan, H. V. Morton, Robert Nichols, Charles Peers, Eileen Power, Herbert Read, A. E. Richardson, William Rothenstein, Walter Russell, Osbert Sitwell, J. C. Squire, P. Wilson Steer, Henry G. Strauss, G. M. Trevelyan, Hugh Walpole, Clough William-Ellis, Virginia Woolf, Evelyn Wrench, F. Yeats-Brown, G. M. Young.
  3. pp. 765-766
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  1. The Dean of Rochester. To the Editor of The Times (14 Sept 1937)
  2. Selborne, Halifax, Hugh Cecil, Arthur Chandler, T. S. Eliot, B. J. Kidd, A. H. MacDonald, W. Spens, Guy M. Kindersley (hon. Treasurer).
  3. p. 767
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  1. Mr. Wyndham Lewis’s Works. To the Editor of The Times (22 Dec 1937)
  2. Henry Moore, Eric Gill, Paul Nash, Mark Gertler, Edmund Dulac, Edward Wadsworth, P. H. Jowett, Randolph Schwabe, John Piper, Serge Chermayeff, Raymond McGrath, Arthur Bliss, Michael E. Sadler, T. S. Eliot, W. H. Auden, Herbert Read, Rhondda, Rebecca West, Naomi Mitchison, Stephen Spender, Geoffrey Grigson.
  3. p. 768
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  1. A Liberal Manifesto: The Place of Reason in the Thought of the Church. The Church Times (20 Jan 1939)
  2. W. S. Baker (Vicar of St. John’s, Newcastle-on-Tyne), H. N. Bate (Dean of York), F. H. Brabant (Canon of Winchester), S. C. Carpenter (Dean of Exeter), T. S. Eliot, A. B. Emden, C. P. Hankey (Chaplain, St. John’s, Menton), Leonard Hodgson (Canon of Christ Church and Regius Professor of Moral and Pastoral Theology), C. Clement H. James (Vicar of St. Giles’, Cambridge), Wilfred Knox, O.G.S. (Hon. Canon of Ely), T. Knox-Shaw, F. E. P. S. Langton (Vicar of the Holy Redeemer, Clerkenwell), J. H. B. Mace (Rector of Holy Trinity, Winchester), E. J. Marriot (Canon of Westminster), Robert Mortimer (Student of Christ Church and Lecturer in Theology), Phillip H. Rogers (Vicar of St. Stephen’s, Bournemouth), E. G. Selwyn (Dean of Winchester), Roscow Shedden, Bishop (Vicar of Wantage), Will Spens, and H. E. Wynn, O.G.S.
  3. pp. 769-774
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  1. Evacuation – A Social Landmark. The Christian News-Letter (15 Nov 1939)
  2. pp. 775-782
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 783-808
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  1. Color Gallery
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781421418926
Related ISBN
9781421406831
MARC Record
OCLC
993596800
Pages
872
Launched on MUSE
2017-07-12
Language
English
Open Access
No
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