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The War Years: 1940–1946 reveals Eliot’s response to the extraordinary pressures of total war. Much of his work of the period was composed under circumstances or for purposes dictated by World War II, and the war remains the grim background for his prose whether he was writing on the ballet, the book trade, Kipling, Poland, or Poe. The latest pieces in the volume bring Eliot to the brink of another global conflict: the Cold War.

The first part of The War Years includes 129 works under the heading “Essays, Reviews, Addresses, and Public Letters.” It is a sign of Eliot’s cresting reputation as a figure of cultural significance and of his consequent value as a speaker that fully a quarter of these works were written as lectures or radio broadcasts. Freed from the obligation to write commentaries and reviews for the Criterion, which he had shuttered in 1939, Eliot was able to distribute his attention more widely—a fact that may help to account for the thirty-two letters he fired off to the editors of various periodicals during these years. The remaining items in Part I are exceptionally diverse generically, including not only the headlined essays, reviews, and addresses, but prefaces, introductions, newsletters, autobiographical documents, position papers, a controversial pamphlet, a telegram, an advertisement, a wry social comment in the form of a limerick, and an article written as cultural propaganda for a magazine airdropped into occupied France by the Royal Air Force. Across a number of these pieces, Eliot begins to explore the ideas that will coalesce in 1948 as Notes towards the Definition of Culture.

The second part of the volume comprises transcripts and summary reports by others of four lectures for which Eliot’s original text is lost; the third comprises fifteen letters and documents of which Eliot is one of several signatories. The War Years includes a wealth of new material, with twenty-seven works that were previously unpublished and a further thirty-eight that were unrecorded in Donald Gallup’s bibliography and are likely to be unfamiliar to Eliot’s readers.

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. The War Years, 1940-1946: Introduction
  2. pp. xi-xxxviii
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  1. Editorial Procedures and Principles
  2. pp. xxxix-xlviii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xlix-lii
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  1. List of Abbreviations
  2. pp. liii-lvi
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. lvii-lviii
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  1. Part 1: Essays, Reviews, Addresses, and Public Letters
  1. 1940
  1. Hole and Corner Buffery. To the Editor of The Church Times
  2. pp. 3-4
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  1. Mr. H. G. Wells and Christianity. To the Editor of The Guardian
  2. pp. 5-6
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  1. Christian Society. To the Editor of The New English Weekly
  2. pp. 7-9
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  1. Views and Reviews: Journalists of Yesterday and Today
  2. pp. 10-13
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  1. Views and Reviews: On Going West
  2. pp. 14-17
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  1. Mr. H. G. Wells and Religion. To the Editor of The Guardian
  2. p. 18
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  1. Education in a Christian Society. To the Editor of The Christian News-Letter
  2. pp. 19-26
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  1. Modernism. To the Editor of The Guardian
  2. pp. 27-28
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  1. [The Last Twenty-Five Years of English Poetry]
  2. pp. 29-45
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  1. [Types of English Religious Verse]
  2. pp. 46-62
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  1. The Speed of Progress
  2. p. 63
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  1. The English Tradition: Some Thoughts as a Preface to Study
  2. pp. 64-72
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  1. Autobiographical Note. Harvard College Class of 1910, Thirtieth Anniversary Report
  2. p. 73
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  1. Man and Society. A review of Man and Society in an Age of Reconstruction, by Karl Mannheim
  2. pp. 74-77
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  1. Yeats
  2. pp. 78-90
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  1. Poetic Drama To-Day and To-Morrow
  2. pp. 91-95
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  1. Notes on Social Philosophy
  2. pp. 96-99
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  1. Hopousia. A review of Hopousia: or, The Sexual and Economic Foundations of a New Society, by J. D. Unwin
  2. pp. 100-104
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  1. An issue of The Christian News-Letter (14 Aug)
  2. pp. 105-113
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  1. An issue of The Christian News-Letter (21 Aug)
  2. pp. 114-120
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  1. An issue of The Christian News-Letter (28 Aug)
  2. pp. 121-128
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  1. Preface to The Testament of Immortality, ed. N.G. [Nagendranath Gangulee]
  2. pp. 129-130
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  1. The Writer as Artist: Discussion between T. S. Eliot and Desmond Hawkins
  2. pp. 131-136
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  1. The English Tradition: Address to the School of Sociology
  2. pp. 137-148
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  1. Commentary for The New English Weekly
  2. pp. 149-153
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  1. Views and Reviews: Waiting at the Church. A review of The Betrayal of Christ by the Churches, by J. Middleton Murry
  2. pp. 154-157
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  1. 1941
  1. A Message to the Fish
  2. pp. 158-161
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  1. Towards a Christian Britain
  2. pp. 162-168
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  1. Virginia Woolf
  2. pp. 169-172
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  1. Sir Hugh Walpole
  2. pp. 173-174
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  1. Views and Reviews: Basic Revelation. A review of The New Testament in Basic English, trans. S. H. Hooke et al.
  2. pp. 175-178
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  1. An issue of The Christian News-Letter
  2. pp. 179-185
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  1. Memoir on Irving Babbitt
  2. pp. 186-189
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  1. Greek Literature in Education. To the Editor of The New English Weekly
  2. pp. 190-191
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  1. The Great Layman. A review of The Secret of Pascal, by H. F. Stewart
  2. pp. 192-195
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  1. Outline for “Notes towards a Definition of Culture
  2. pp. 196-200
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  1. Russian Ballet. To the Editor of The Times
  2. p. 201
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  1. Greek Literature and Education. To the Editor of The New English Weekly
  2. p. 202
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  1. The Duchess of Malfy
  2. pp. 203-209
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  1. Rudyard Kipling. Introduction to A Choice of Kipling’s Verse, ed. T. S. Eliot
  2. pp. 210-238
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  1. Revival of Christian Imagination
  2. pp. 239-244
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  1. 1942
  1. Autobiographical Note. Who’s Who in America
  2. p. 245
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  1. The Christian Conception of Education
  2. pp. 246-256
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  1. Preface to The Little Book of Modern Verse, ed. Anne Ridler
  2. pp. 257-260
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  1. “The Voice of His Time”: T. S. Eliot on Tennyson’s In Memoriam
  2. pp. 261-267
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  1. Comment on a lecture by Van Wyck Brooks
  2. pp. 268-271
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  1. Poetry, Speech and Music
  2. pp. 272-286
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  1. An issue of The Christian News-Letter
  2. pp. 287-294
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  1. The Classics and the Man of Letters
  2. pp. 295-309
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  1. The Music of Poetry
  2. pp. 310-325
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  1. T. S. Eliot on Poetry in Wartime
  2. pp. 326-328
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  1. Introductory Note to Introducing James Joyce: A Selection of Joyce’s Prose, ed. T. S. Eliot
  2. pp. 329-331
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  1. Notes for a discussion on The Anvil
  2. pp. 332-334
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  1. 1943
  1. Punctuating Joyce. To the Editor of The Church Times
  2. p. 335
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  1. Is a Christian Society Possible?
  2. pp. 336-342
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  1. Notes towards a Definition of Culture
  2. pp. 343-356
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  1. “A Dream within a Dream”: T. S. Eliot on Edgar Allan Poe
  2. pp. 357-362
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  1. Education for Culture. To the Editor of The New English Weekly
  2. pp. 363-364
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  1. Poetical and Prosaic Use of Words
  2. pp. 365-380
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  1. Christian Belief. To the Editor of The Times Educational Supplement
  2. pp. 381-382
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  1. South Indian Church. To the Editor of The Times (19 Mar)
  2. pp. 383-384
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  1. South Indian Church. To the Editor of The Times (25 Mar)
  2. p. 385
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  1. Draft of a leaflet advertising the Virgil Society
  2. pp. 386-387
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  1. John Dryden’s Tragedies
  2. pp. 388-391
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  1. Planning and Religion. A review of The Judgment of Nations, by Christopher Dawson; and Diagnosis of Our Time, by Karl Mannheim
  2. pp. 392-399
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  1. Address on the opening of a planned book exhibition in Reykjavik, Iceland
  2. pp. 400-412
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  1. To the Editor of Aventura
  2. pp. 413-417
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  1. Presidential message to Books Across the Sea
  2. pp. 418-419
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  1. Civilisation: The Nature of Cultural Relations
  2. pp. 420-426
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  1. The Approach to James Joyce
  2. pp. 427-431
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  1. To the Editor of The Church Times
  2. pp. 432-433
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  1. Twenty-Five Years in Gloucester Road
  2. pp. 434-435
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  1. The Social Function of Poetry
  2. pp. 436-446
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  1. Reunion by Destruction: Reflections on a Scheme for Church Union in South India: Addressed to the Laity
  2. pp. 447-469
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  1. Des organes publics et privés de la coopération intellectuelle
  2. pp. 470-479
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  1. Books Across the Sea. To the Editor of The Times
  2. pp. 480-481
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  1. Message to Aguedal
  2. pp. 482-483
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  1. Responsibility and Power
  2. pp. 484-489
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  1. 1944
  1. T. S. Eliot on Kipling’s Anti-Semitism. To the Editors of The Nation
  2. pp. 490-491
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  1. Reunion: Construction or Destruction? Mr. T. S. Eliot’s Reply
  2. pp. 492-496
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  1. Mr. Butler’s National Christianity. To the Editor of The Church Times
  2. pp. 497-498
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  1. Aristocracy. To the Editor of The Times
  2. pp. 499-500
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  1. Books for the Freed World. To the Editor of The Times
  2. pp. 501-502
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  1. Introduction to Shakespeare and the Popular Dramatic Tradition, by S. L. Bethell
  2. pp. 503-506
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  1. Broadcast on the liberation of Rome by the Allies
  2. pp. 507-509
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  1. To the Editor of Svenska Dagbladet
  2. pp. 510-511
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  1. What France Means to You
  2. pp. 512-515
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  1. Tribute to Anton Chekhov
  2. pp. 516-517
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  1. James Joyce. To the Editor of The Listener
  2. p. 518
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  1. The Responsibility of the Man of Letters in the Cultural Restoration of Europe
  2. pp. 519-526
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  1. To the Reader. Preface to Inoubliable France — France Remembered, by Alice Jahier
  2. pp. 527-529
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  1. To the Editor of Blackfriars
  2. p. 530
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  1. The Meaning of Democracy. To the Editor of Christendom
  2. pp. 531-532
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  1. Kipling – The People’s Poet
  2. pp. 533-540
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  1. The Responsibility of the European Man of Letters
  2. pp. 541-542
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  1. Notes for a lecture on John Milton
  2. pp. 543-546
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  1. Britain and America: Promotion of Mutual Understanding
  2. pp. 547-552
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  1. On the Place and Function of the Clerisy
  2. pp. 553-562
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  1. Bridgebuilders
  2. pp. 563-565
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  1. What Is Minor Poetry?
  2. pp. 566-580
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  1. Preface to Roll Call [Apel, by Jerzy Andrzejewski]
  2. pp. 581-585
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  1. 1945
  1. The Four Quartets. To the Editor of The New English Weekly
  2. pp. 586-587
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  1. Broadcast on the publication of the first ten “Guild Books” in Sweden
  2. pp. 588-591
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  1. The Germanization of England. To the Editor of The New English Weekly
  2. pp. 592-594
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  1. Full Employment and the Responsibility of Christians
  2. pp. 595-602
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  1. The Germanization of Britain. To the Editor of The New English Weekly
  2. pp. 603-604
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  1. Cultural Forces in the Human Order
  2. pp. 605-622
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  1. Mr. Charles Williams
  2. pp. 623-624
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  1. Cultural Diversity and European Unity
  2. pp. 625-638
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  1. The Social Function of Poetry
  2. pp. 639-652
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  1. Homage to Paul Valéry
  2. pp. 653-654
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  1. The Class and the Élite
  2. pp. 655-668
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  1. What Is a Classic?
  2. pp. 669-687
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  1. Outline of a lecture on Edgar Allan Poe
  2. pp. 688-693
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  1. Mass Deportations. To the Editor of The Times
  2. pp. 694-695
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  1. Meaning of Culture. To the Editor of The Times Educational Supplement
  2. pp. 696-697
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  1. Autobiographical summary
  2. pp. 698-700
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  1. 1946
  1. Preface to Sommes-nous encore en chrétienté?, by T. S. Eliot
  2. pp. 701-708
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  1. Die Einheit der europäischen Kultur
  2. pp. 709-735
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  1. Memorandum on Catholicity
  2. pp. 736-741
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  1. Preface to The Dark Side of the Moon [by Zoe Zajdlerowa]
  2. pp. 742-747
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  1. John Maynard Keynes
  2. pp. 748-752
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  1. Leçon de Valéry
  2. pp. 753-758
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  1. Ezra Pound
  2. pp. 759-770
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  1. Individualists in Verse. To the Editor of The New English Weekly
  2. p. 771
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  1. The Significance of Charles Williams
  2. pp. 772-776
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  1. Grant Amnesty to All War and Political Prisoners
  2. pp. 777-778
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  1. Part II: Transcripts and Summary Reports of Lectures
  1. Culture and Community (22 Sept 1942)
  2. pp. 781-782
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  1. Walt Whitman and Modern Poetry (2 Feb 1944)
  2. pp. 783-787
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  1. Helping Children to Know the World (10 Oct 1944)
  2. pp. 788-789
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  1. Presidential address for Books Across the Sea (1 Feb 1946)
  2. pp. 790-792
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  1. Part III: Signed Letters and Documents with Multiple Authorship
  1. The Malvern Conference. To the Editor of The Times (14 Jan 1941)
  2. T. S. Eliot, H. A. Hodges, and Alec R. Vidler
  3. p. 795
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  1. Beauty in Trust. To the Editor of The Times (25 July 1941)
  2. Nancy Astor, Max Beerbohm, R. W. Chambers, Sybil Colefax, T. S. Eliot, Rose Macaulay, Charles Morgan, Dorothy Sayers, M. St. Clare Byrne, F. A. Voight, and Helen Waddell
  3. pp. 796-797
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  1. Books in War Time: “Disintegration” of the Trade. To the Editor of The Times (1 Jan 1942)
  2. Laurence Binyon, Edmund Blunden, Bonamy Dobrée, T. S. Eliot, E. M. Forster, Philip Guedalla, Storm Jameson, B. H. Liddell Hart, Walter De La Mare, Desmond MacCarthy, Gilbert Murray, J. B. Priestley, Ernest Rhys, G. Bernard Shaw, Osbert Sitwell, G. M. Trevelyan, H. G. Wells, and Rebecca West
  3. pp. 798-799
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  1. Foundational statement of the Joint Standing Committee of Religion and Life and the Sword of the Spirit (29 May 1942)
  2. pp. 800-802
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  1. Scheme for Civic Theatres: Memorandum to the Prime Minister (18 Nov 1942)
  2. British Actors’ Equity, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Esher, Sir Percy Harris, Mrs. Alfred Lyttelton, Dame Elizabeth Cadbury, Sir Barry Jackson, Sir Edwin Lutyens, Colonel Sir John Shute, Mr. William Armstrong, Mr. James Bridie, Mr. Ashley Dukes, Mr. T. S. Eliot, Dr. Julian Huxley, Mr. Will Lawther, Mr. Kenneth Lindsay, Mr. Desmond MacCarthy, Dr. J. J. Mallon, Mr. Norman Marshall, Dr. Gilbert Murray, Mr. J. B. Priestley, Mr. Alec L. Rea, Dr. Malcolm Sargent, Mr. G. Bernard Shaw, Dr. Edith Summerskill, and Mr. Geoffrey Whitworth
  3. pp. 803-805
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  1. Mr. Arthur Machen. To the Editor of The Times (18 Feb 1943)
  2. Max Beerbohm, Edward Marsh, Algernon Blackwood, John Masefield, Walter de la Mare, A. E. W. Mason, T. S. Eliot, Arthur Quiller-Couch, Desmond MacCarthy, Michael Sadleir, Compton Mackenzie, and G. Bernard Shaw
  3. p. 806
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  1. An English Tribute. To the Editor of the Harvard Alumni Magazine (8 May 1943)
  2. Gilbert Murray (1926-27), Regius Professor of Greek, Oxford
    Sir Eric Maclagan (1927-28), Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum, The Athenaeum, London
    H. W. Garrod (1929-30), Fellow of Merton College, Oxford
    A. M. Hind (1930-31), Keeper of Prints and Drawings, British Museum, London
    T. S. Eliot (1932-33), London
  3. pp. 807-808
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  1. Church House, Soho. To the Editor of The Times (1 Dec 1943)
  2. p. 809
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  1. Laurence Binyon. To the Editor of The Times (6 Dec 1943)
  2. Gordon Bottomley, Atul Chatterjee, Sydney Cockerell, W. de la Mare, T. S. Eliot, George Hill, Dougal O. Malcolm, John Masefield, William Rothenstein, Logan Pearsall Smith, George Bernard Shaw, R. C. Trevelyan, Arthur Waley, and J. R. H. Weaver
  3. pp. 810-811
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  1. The Virgil Society. To the Editor of The Times Literary Supplement (18 Dec 1943)
  2. H. E. Butler, T. S. Eliot, J. W. Mackail, [Alexander] Moncrieff, R. W. Moore, V. Sackville-West, and R. Speaight
  3. pp. 812-813
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  1. Homage to Virgil (18 Dec 1943)
  2. pp. 814-816
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  1. Ruined City Churches: Preservation as Memorials. To the Editor of The Times (15 Aug 1944)
  2. Marjory Allen of Hurtwood, David Cecil, Kenneth Clark, F. A. Cockin, T. S. Eliot, H. S. Goodhart-Rendel, Julian Huxley, [Maynard] Keynes, and F. J. Salisbury
  3. pp. 817-819
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  1. The Freedom Press Raid. To the Editor of The New Statesman and Nation (3 Mar 1945)
  2. Alex Comfort, Herbert Read, T. S. Eliot, Reginald Reynolds, E. M. Forster, D. S. Savage, Ethel Mannin, Stephen Spender, John Middleton Murry, and Julian Symons
  3. pp. 820-822
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  1. Professor Saurat. To the Editor of The Times (13 June 1945)
  2. Hugh Kingsmill and T. S. Eliot
  3. pp. 823-824
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  1. Telegram to President Harry S. Truman (1 May 1946)
  2. Gerald Brenan, Benjamin Britten, Fenner Brockway, Rhys J. Davies, T. S. Eliot, [Gavin Henderson, 2nd Baron] Faringdon, E. M. Forster, B. H. Liddell Hart, Laurence Housman, C. E. M. Joad, Augustus John, Arthur Koestler, Ethel Mannin, John Middleton Murry, George Orwell, Bertrand Russell, G. Bernard Shaw, Edith Sitwell, Osbert Sitwell, Michael Tippett, and Gamel Woolsey
  3. pp. 825-826
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 827-854
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  1. Photographs
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781421418933
Related ISBN
9781421406855
MARC Record
OCLC
993640009
Pages
912
Launched on MUSE
2017-10-10
Language
English
Open Access
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