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

By F. B. Pinion

Aiming to supply a finished survey of the paintings, poetry and prose of the poet T.S.Eliot (1888-1965), this article may be of exact worth to academics of all educational degrees and to college and school scholars at domestic and overseas.

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He seems to have been ready to extend his time abroad . A course of three lectures delivered at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, and pu blished in 1934 as After Strange Gods, proved rather unfortunate for his reputation . At Johns Hopkins he lectured on a familiar 42 A T . S . Eliot Companion subject, metaphysical poets, and read to the Poetry Society . He met Scott Fitzgerald, an admirer whose Great Gatsby he had described as the first step forward in American fiction since Henry James.

There are lengthy articles on Bolingbroke by Charles Whibley, whose earlier years among the poets of Paris earned Eliot's respect, others on poetic and dramatic versions of the Tristram story, a generalization of Freud 's theories by jacques Riviere in translation, and a brief obituary on the art superbly displayed 30 A T. S. Eliot Companion by the music-hall comedienne Marie Lloyd . Eliot , the author of this challenging article, returns to the subject after hearing of the death of Sarah Bernhardt.

When (the previous April) he and his brother Henry visited Rome with their wives, Tom had surprised and embarrassed the others by kneeling before Michelangelo's Pieta. Here was a spiritually humble, contrite man ritualizing his acceptance of a higher authority. From adolescence onwards he had become hypersensitively subject to a sense of sin ; perhaps it was a hereditary characteristic. It may have been Calvinist; Religious Commitment and Marriage Breakdown 35 he thought he was of Scottish ancestry.

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