March 7, 2017

A T. S. Eliot Companion: Life and Works by F. B. Pinion

By F. B. Pinion

Aiming to supply a complete survey of the paintings, poetry and prose of the poet T.S.Eliot (1888-1965), this article will be of distinctive price to lecturers of all educational degrees and to college and faculty scholars at domestic and in a foreign country.

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S. Eliot Companion her as a ' torture', a 'bag of ferrets' around Tom's neck. Cigarette-smoking was his main relaxation, and he was already afflicted with emphysema. There were times when he could fully savour the tragic intensity of the quotation with which he concluded his 1931 essay on Thomas Heywood: '0 God ! 0 God! ' The state of England gave him cause for disquiet. Aggravation of inequality and injustice as a result of continued economic recession, with unemployment on an unprecedented scale , bore widespread witness to moral and spiritual apathy in high places.

Three pieces relate to Sybilla: 'T he Dansant', 'Night Club', and 'Fete Galante', evidently fictionalized recollections, the first perhaps of Eliot not responding animatedly to petulant coaching in the one-step. 'Letters of the Moment' are more personally rooted in actuality. The opening of the first shows that the woman who expressed her admiration in large capitals beside the passage on the psychotic woman in 'A Game of Chess' (formerly 'In the Cage') thought of boredom in terms of The Waste Land.

Eliot cabled his American friend John Quinn, on whom he could rely in times of need, telling him that his affairs were chaotic. He knew he must not resign from Lloyds, and that he must manage The Criterion and his own writing as best he could. A friend with whom he was to work closely was Herbert Read. A civil servant after the war, Read had assisted Osbert Sitwell in editing Art and Letters, a quarterly to which Eliot had contributed some poems and critical essays not long before its discontinuation in 1920.

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