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T S Eliot
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"Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood."

Complete Poems and Plays : 1909-1950
(T. S. Eliot )
Eliot's poetry ranges from the massively magisterial ( The Waste Land), to the playfully pleasant ( Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats). This volume of Eliot's poetry and plays offers the complete text of these and most all of Eliot's poetry, including the full text of Four Quartets.

Four Quartets
(T. S. Eliot )
Published in the fiery days of World War II, Four Quartets stands as a testament to the power of poetry amid the chaos of the time. Let the words speak for themselves.

Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats
(T. S. Eliot, Edward Gorey (Illustrator) )
The basis for the musical phenomenon Cats, this collection of 14 inviting rhymes -- the mixture of the real and the impossible, the familiar and the fantastic -- make for a set of poems that no child or adult can possibly resist.

T.S. Eliot: An Imperfect Life
(Lyndall Gordon )
Lyndall Gordon's biographical work on T. S. Eliot has won many dramatic accolades. In this "nuanced, discerning account of a life famously flawed in its search for perfection" (The New Yorker), Gordon captures Eliot's "complex spiritual and artistic history . . . with tact, diligence, and subtlety" (Boston Globe). Drawing on recently discovered letters, she addresses in full the issue of Eliot's anti-Semitism as well as the less-noted issue of his misogyny. Her account "rescues both the poet and the man from the simplifying abstractions that have always been applied to him" (New York Times), and is "definitive but not dogmatic, sympathetic without taking sides. . . . Its voice rings with authority" (Baltimore Sun). Praised by Cynthia Ozick as "daring, strong, psychologically brilliant," Gordon's study remains true to the mysteries of art as she chronicles the poet's "insistent search for salvation."

The Waste Land (Norton Critical Editions)
(T. S. Eliot, Michael North (Editor) )
The text of Eliot's 1922 masterpiece is accompanied by thorough explanatory annotations as well as by Eliot's own knotty notes, some of which require annotation themselves. For ease of reading, this Norton Critical Edition presents The Waste Landas it first appeared in the American edition (Boni & Liveright), with Eliot's notes at the end. Contexts provides readers with invaluable materials on The Waste Land's sources, composition, and publication history. Criticism traces the poem's reception with twenty-five reviews and essays, from first reactions through the end of the twentieth century. Included are reviews published in the Times Literary Supplement, along with selections by Virginia Woolf, Gilbert Seldes, Edmund Wilson, Elinor Wylie, Conrad Aiken, Charles Powell, Gorham Munson, Malcolm Cowley, Ralph Ellison, John Crowe Ransom, I. A. Richards, F. R. Leavis, Cleanth Brooks, Delmore Schwartz, Denis Donoghue, Robert Langbaum, Marianne Thormählen, A. D. Moody, Ronald Bush, Maud Ellman, Christine Froula, and Tim Armstrong. A Chronology and Selected Bibliography are included.

Words Alone : The Poet T.S. Eliot
(Denis Donoghue )
In this volume a highly distinguished reader of modern literature offers his most personal book of literary criticism. Denis Donoghue gives us a lucid and illuminating account of his engagement with the works of T. S. Eliot. Whether writing about Eliot's poetry or confronting the poet's (often contentious) prose, Donoghue eloquently demonstrates what it means to read and to hear a master of the language.

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