The Cambridge companion to T.S. Eliot /

Corporate Author: Cambridge collections online.
Other Authors: Moody, Anthony David.
Format: Online Book
Language: English
Published: [Cambridge [England] ; New York] : Cambridge University Press, c1994.
Series: Cambridge companions to literature.
Online Access: Online version
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Like other titles in this Cambridge series, Moody's volume contains essays by a distinguished group of international scholars representing different critical approaches. This helpful collection avoids the polemics of any particular school of criticism and rejects modish jargon. These critics remind the reader especially that Eliot is not as easily formulated or pinned down as some recent criticism has suggested. For example, the essay "The Social Critic and His Discontents" is a fine counterpoint to the very recent and quite negative assessment of Eliot's political commitment in Kenneth Asher's T.S. Eliot and Ideology (CH, Dec'95). For these critics, the animating concern is what Eliot's works have to offer their readers now, and all the essays attempt to make Eliot accessible and teachable. This does not mean oversimplification, but it does mean exceptionally concise, well-focused, and balanced discussion. Of the 17 essays, a third are on Eliot's practice as poet and playwright; there are also essays on his thought and theory as philosopher, literary critic, and social commentator and on his religious development. A very useful bibliographical essay, "Eliot Studies," concludes the book. Highly recommended for all collections. R. J. Lee; St. Olaf College

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