By F. B. Pinion
Aiming to supply a accomplished survey of the paintings, poetry and prose of the poet T.S.Eliot (1888-1965), this article might be of particular price to lecturers of all educational degrees and to school and faculty scholars at domestic and in a foreign country.
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Extra resources for A T. S. Eliot Companion: Life and Works
The letter in which Eliot set out his aims for The Criterion was probably written in 1924-, and significantly he mentions his interest in Arnold, Newman, Bradley, and Charles Maurras. He accepted the Arnoldian viewpoint that the critic's duty is to cultivate disinterestedly the best that is known and thought at home and abroad, especially in Europe, from the past to the present. The early numbers represent literature in France, Germany, Italy, and Spain, and range chronologically from the Alcestis of Euripides to Dostoevsky, joyce's Ulysses, Pound's Cantos, and contemporary English writers.
His new affiliation was a lifeline in times of distress. Whether it improved his relations with his wife seems very doubtful, for she could be cruel and cutting, had very little sympathy with his new ways , and rarely accompanied him to church. The vicissitudes of Eliot's new hope are the subject of a number of poems from 1927 to 1930. Until he began them , he thought he would be unable to write more poetry after 'The Hollow Men'. The first , 'J ourney of the Magi' , was issued as one of the series of 'Ariel' poems which were published singl y for various authors.
Collingwood, and Cardinal Mercier. In a brief article which appeared in The Egoist at the opening of 1918, Eliot honours Henry James not only as the most intelligent writer of his generation but also as one with a European outlook and with a mind which no idea could violate; the English, less disciplined, allowed ideas to corrupt their feelings. In a lighter vein, to encourage correspondence on articles and poems in the same magazine, he wrote slyly provocative letters under assumed names; as the Revd Charles James Grimble, for example, he suggested the benefit for British readers of being informed about foreign ways and of keeping open minds.