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[ xxxiii EDITORIAL procedures and principles I. Published Prose Criteria for Inclusion Eliot’suncollectedprosemakesupthevastmajorityofthewritingspublished in his lifetime and spans the period from his stories in the Smith Academy Record in 1905 to his final autobiographical note for the Harvard College Class of 1910: Fifty-fifth Anniversary Report, contributed in late December 1964,shortlybeforehisdeathon4January1965.Thesewritingsincludehundreds of reviews and essays contributed to periodicals; commentaries in the Criterion; letters to the press (printed here and in the Letters; in each place they appear in different contexts of personal letters and public prose, thereby inviting separate readings and annotation); lectures and addresses published separately in wrappers or in boards; introductions, prefaces, and forewords to books and to translations of his works in foreign languages; testimonials and other contributions to domestic and foreign newspapers; and public broadcasts published or excerpted in the Listener. Among his own letters to the press are those of which he was a signatory with one or more others. As his role in their authorship is uncertain, these signed letters, which began in 1927 and increased in number in later decades, will be included in a separate section, “Letters and Documents with Multiple Authorship.” Chronology With a few exceptions, the editors have arranged the majority of Eliot’s unpublished and published prose writings in the original order of composition or publication to allow the reader to follow closely his developing patterns of thought as he immersed himself in intellectual journalism and literary criticism from year to year, decade to decade. The primary volumes of collected essays, together with their prefaces and introductions, have been disassembled and their contents returned to chronological order alongside the uncollected and unpublished prose. Less than 10 percent of Eliot’s prose writings underwent textual changes when they were reprinted or collected; most pieces were never revisited after their first publication in periodical and other forms. Some reviews and essays, however, particularly those included in The Sacred Wood, were editorial procedures and principles xxxiv ] combinedandrevisedbyEliotasnewessays:successivelypublishedreviews of books on Ben Jonson in November 1919, on Philip Massinger in May-June 1920, and on Swinburne and others in the two-part “The Perfect Critic”inJuly1920.Theoriginalreviewswereredactedassuchandincluded in the volume under the first title of each pair. He collapsed three other reviews published between September and December 1919 under the title “Imperfect Critics” for the volume. Moreover, “Eeldrop and Appleplex” and “Tradition and the Individual Talent,” originally published in two separate parts months apart, have been combined into a single piece. In such uncharacteristic cases, we have sacrificed adherence to chronology in order to present the complete texts, but not without indicating the separate chronologicalpositionsandtitlesandrecordingsignificanttextualchanges. A few other considerations have led us to relax the chronological order of publication in specific instances, including Eliot’s doctoral dissertation on F. H. Bradley, a draft of which was completed and approved in 1916 but not edited and published until 1964. The editors have placed this lengthy work neither intrusively into the published reviews of 1916, nor awkwardly out of context in 1964, but logically at the end of the graduate essays of 1913-15, essays that led to and were organically drawn upon for the dissertation. In presenting a corrected, re-edited, and more readable critical text in that position, the editors have drawn upon the original dissertation typescript, the proofs and correspondence of the suppressed first printing (1963), and the proofs and text of the 1964 edition. The three volumes of university lectures – The Use of Poetry and the Use of Criticism, After Strange Gods, The Idea of a Chris­ tian Society – as well as Notes towards the Definition of Culture, have been kept intact and edited as the coherent, self-contained works that they were intended to be; however, when individual lectures were published separately, the publication data and any alterations are recorded in the textual notes. The Clark Lectures (1926) and Turnbull Lectures (1933), edited and published together posthumously as The Varieties of Metaphysical Poetry (1993), have also been kept intact, each re-edited and included separately and chronologically in respective volumes. The dates of composition of individual reviews, essays, and lectures are given when they are known. In volume 4 (1930-1933), the chronology has been altered to present together the majority of his lectures in America as the Charles Eliot Norton professor at Harvard during the 1932-33 academic year. These include his Norton and Turnbull lectures and individual lectures written for delivery at [ xxxv editorial procedures and principles numerous American institutions, together with the editorial reconstruction...


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