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The Complete Prose of T. S. Eliot: The Critical Edition
Ronald Schuchard, General Editor
Jewel Spears Brooker
“Will set in motion a golden era of Eliot scholarship.”—Chronicle of Higher Education
The Complete Prose of T. S. Eliot: The Critical Edition gathers for the first time in one place the collected, uncollected, and unpublished prose of one of the most prolific writers of the twentieth century. The result of a multi-year collaboration among Eliot's Estate, Faber and Faber Ltd., Johns Hopkins University Press, the Beck Digital Center of Emory University, and the Institute of English Studies, University of London, this eight-volume critical edition dramatically expands access to material that has been restricted or inaccessible in private and institutional collections for almost fifty years.
The fully searchable, integrative edition includes all of Eliot's collected essays, reviews, lectures, commentaries from The Criterion, and letters to editors, including more than 700 uncollected and 150 unpublished pieces from 1905 to 1965. Other highlights include essays from his student years at Smith Academy and Harvard and his graduate work at Harvard and Oxford, including his doctoral dissertation; unsigned, unidentified essays published in the New Statesman and the Monist; essays and reviews published in the Egoist, Athenaeum, TLS, Dial, Art and Letters; his Clark and Turnbull lectures on metaphysical poetry, Norton Lectures, Page-Barbour Lectures, Boutwood Lectures; unpublished essays, lectures, addresses from various archives; and transcripts of broadcasts, speeches, endorsements, and memorial tributes.
Each item has been textually edited, annotated, and cross-referenced by an international group of leading Eliot scholars, led by Ronald Schuchard, a renowned scholar of Eliot and Modernism. The volumes will be released in sequence and published on Project MUSE, with an archival print edition to be published once all eight volumes have been released.
Ronald Schuchard, the Goodrich C. White Professor of English, Emeritus, at Emory University, is the author of award-winning Eliot's Dark Angel (1999) and The Last Minstrels: Yeats and the Revival of the Bardic Arts (2008). The editor of Eliot's Clark and Turnbull lectures, The Varieties of Metaphysical Poetry (1993), he is co-editor with John Kelly of The Collected Letters of W. B. Yeats, Volume 3 (1994), Volume 4 (2005), winner of the MLA's Cohen Award for a Distinguished Edition of Letters, and Volume 5 (forthcoming). A former Guggenheim fellow and founder-director of the T. S. Eliot International Summer School (2009-2013), he is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Volume 3 Available September 2015
Literature, Politics, Belief, 1927-1929
Edited by Frances Dickey, Jennifer Formichelli, and Ronald Schuchard
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.
In addition to the nine essays Eliot collected in his third volume of criticism, For Lancelot Andrewes (1928), 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.
Volume 4 Available December 2015
English Lion, 1930-1933
Edited by Jason Harding and Ronald Schuchard
The prose collected in this volume represents the crucible of Eliot’s mature social, political, and theological thought. It includes the texts of five unpublished American lectures; two books of prose criticism, 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 essays that originally appeared anonymously as leading articles in the Times Literary Supplement. Also included are ninety-two pages of lecture notes to Eliot’s undergraduate class on contemporary literature at Harvard, transcripts of a dozen BBC broadcasts, and contributed miscellaneous occasional essays, prefaces, letters, and reviews.
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The editorial project has been supported by grants from the Hodson Trust, the Eliot Estate, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Lewis H. Beck Foundation, the Arts and Humanities Research Council of the United Kingdom, and the Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London.