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T. S. Eliot (1888–1965)

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T. S. Eliot is considered by many to be a literary genius and one of the most influential men of letters during the half-century after World War I. He was born on September 26, 1888, in St. Louis, Missouri. Eliot attended Harvard University, with time abroad pursuing graduate studies at the mehr anzeigen Sorbonne, Marburg, and Oxford. The outbreak of World War I prevented his return to the United States, and, persuaded by Ezra Pound to remain in England, he decided to settle there permanently. He published his influential early criticism, much of it written as occasional pieces for literary periodicals. He developed such doctrines as the "dissociation of sensibility" and the "objective correlative" and elaborated his views on wit and on the relation of tradition to the individual talent. Eliot by this time had left his early, derivative verse far behind and had begun to publish avant-garde poetry (including "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" (1915), which exploited fresh rhythms, abrupt juxtapositions, contemporary subject matter, and witty allusion. This period of creativity also resulted in another collection of verse (including "Gerontian") and culminated in The Waste Land, a masterpiece published in 1922 and produced partly during a period of psychological breakdown while married to his wife, Vivienne Haigh-Wood Eliot. In 1922, Eliot became a director of the Faber & Faber publishing house, and in 1927 he became a British citizen and joined the Church of England. Thereafter, his career underwent a change. With the publication of Ash Wednesday in 1930, his poetry became more overtly Christian. As editor of the influential literary magazine The Criterion, he turned his hand to social as well as literary criticism, with an increasingly conservative orientation. His religious poetry culminated in Four Quartets, published individually from 1936 onward and collectively in 1943. This work is often considered to be his greatest poetic achievement. Eliot also wrote poetry in a much lighter vein, such as Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats (1939), a collection that was used during the early 1980s as the basis for the musical, Cats. In addition to his contributions in poetry and criticism, Eliot is the pivotal verse dramatist of this century. He followed the lead of William Butler Yeats in attempting to revive metrical language in the theater. But, unlike Yeats, Eliot wanted a dramatic verse that would be self-effacing, capable of expressing the most prosaic passages in a play, and an insistent, undetected presence capable of elevating itself at a moment's notice. His progression from the pageant The Rock (1934) and Murder in the Cathedral (1935), written for the Canterbury Festival, through The Family Reunion (1939) and The Cocktail Party (1949), a West End hit, was thus a matter of neutralizing obvious poetic effects and bringing prose passages into the flow of verse. Recent critics have seen Eliot as a divided figure, covertly attracted to the very elements (romanticism, personality, heresy) he overtly condemned. His early attacks on romantic poets, for example, often reveal him as a romantic against the grain. The same divisions carry over into his verse, where violence struggles against restraint, emotion against order, and imagination against ironic detachment. This Eliot is more human and more attractive to contemporary taste. During his lifetime, Eliot received many honors and awards, including the Nobel Prize for literature in 1948. (Bowker Author Biography) weniger anzeigen
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Rechtmäßiger Name
Eliot, Thomas Stearns
Andere Namen
Eliot, Tom
Old Possum
Conybeare, Charles Augustus
Grimble, Reverend Charles James
Schwartz, Muriel A.
Spence, J. A. D. (Zeige alle 8)
Trundlett, Helen B.
Krutzch, Gus
Geburtstag
1888-09-26
Todestag
1965-01-04
Begräbnisort
St. Michael's Church, East Coker, Somerset, England, UK
Geschlecht
male
Nationalität
USA (birth)
UK (naturalized)
Geburtsort
St. Louis, Missouri, Verenigde Staten
Sterbeort
Kensington, London, England, UK
Todesursache
Emphysema
Wohnorte
St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
Paris, France
London, England, UK
Ausbildung
Harvard University (BA ∙ Philosophy ∙ 1909)
Harvard University (MA ∙ Philosophy ∙ 1910)
Sorbonne, Paris, France
University of Oxford (Merton College)
Berufe
poet
literary critic
playwright
publisher
editor
banker (Zeige alle 8)
professor
essayist / reviewer
Beziehungen
Eliot, Valerie née Fletcher (second wife)
Eliot, William Greenleaf (grandfather)
Eliot, Charlotte (mother)
Pound, Ezra (friend)
Aiken, Conrad (friend)
Russell, Bertrand (friend) (Zeige alle 21)
Yeats, William Butler (friend)
Lewis, Wyndham (friend)
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Valery, Paul (friend)
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Read, Herbert (friend)
Sencourt, Robert (friend)
Trevelyan, Mary (friend)
Zabel, Morton Dauwen (friend)
Betjeman, John (student)
Santayana, George (teacher)
Babbitt, Irving (teacher)
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Vivienne Eliot née Haigh-Wood
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American Academy of Arts and Sciences (honorary member)
Lloyds Bank (clerk)
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This book had been on my shelves for a VERY long time, so I decided to make this the first book I read for National Poetry Month.

I was so impossibly charmed by the first poem, "The Naming of Cats!" Especially the lines:
His ineffable effable
Effanineffable
Deep and inscrutable singular Name.

Listen. Ineffable has been one of my top ten favorite words ever since reading Good Omens back in my college days. But effanineffable!

After that poem, the rest were cute enough. I can see how they were designed to charm children, but the passage of time and dislocation of place has soften the corners of some of the particulars. Especially some of the tired Asian stereotypes.

But the illustrations by Edward Gorey won me back over any time my interest started to dim.
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greeniezona | 89 weitere Rezensionen | Feb 22, 2024 |
my mind is to puny to properly comprehend all that is going on in these poems, yet it was fun to try. i will definitely read these again, and it will probably take me years before i actually begin to unpack anything within these masterful works of art. in the mean time, i give you perhaps the only quote i understood from these poems:

"Thinking of the key, each confirms a prison"

i can only hope to one day be given the brain space to properly understand a fraction of these poems.
 
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salllamander | 32 weitere Rezensionen | Feb 11, 2024 |
T.S. Eliot was the last Christian. There were Christians born after him, but he was the last one.
 
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Ibn_Cereno | 22 weitere Rezensionen | Feb 5, 2024 |
[Four Quartets] (T S Eliot) (14/01/24) *****



Finally I have settled to read this extraordinary volume. I saw Ralph Fiennes perform it on stage in 2022 (there is a short bite of that recording below, as well as Eliot reading the complete Quartets).

It really is difficult to say much about it. I read it twice today, and plan to read it at least once a month this year, I really want to know it. The rhythm is wonderful, and in its time original, but so many writers have been inspired by it since, its originality is less noticeable perhaps now. The language is mostly unfussy, but its meditation on time, nature, philosophy and life is hypnotic.

Fiennes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n07_rilmM18

Eliot: https://archive.org/details/lp_t-s-eliot-reads-his-four-quartets_t-s-eliot
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