The Literary Criticism of T.S. Eliot New Essays

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  • Copyright: 2014-05-08
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
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In his time T.S. Eliot established a new critical orthodoxy by which no major modern critic in England or America remained unaffected, but a decade has passed since his death and a generation or more since his extraordinary influence was at its height. It has therefore seemed worth attempting a fresh historical revaluation of Eliot's critical achievement and the nine distinguished scholars whom Dr Newton-De Molina approached responded readily to his invitation that they undertake such a project. Their essays range widely over the various aspects of Eliot's critical activity and place it in the context not only of his endeavours as poet and dramatist but also of his formal training as a philosopher and of his conversion to Christianity. They contrast the early and later work (not forgetting Eliot's own retrospective comments on the former), consider its relation to the English critical and poetic tradition, and seek to show in what ways criticism may derive new impetus from the example both of Eliot's strengths and of his limitations.

Author Biography

David Newton-De Molina is Lecturer in English Literature, University of Edinburgh, UK.

Table of Contents

1 Criticism’s Lost Leader, F. W. Bateson (Oxford University, UK)
2 Eliot and the Criterion, Denis Donoghue (University College, Dublin, Ireland)
3 The Poet as Critic, Graham Hough (University of Cambridge, UK)
4 The Trials of a Christian Critic, Samuel Hynes (Princeton University, USA)
5 Eliot’s Contribution to Criticism of Drama, R. Peacock (Bedford College, University of London, UK)
6 The ‘Philosophical Critic’, William Righter (University of Warwick, UK)
7 A Poet’s Notebook: The Use of Poetry and the Use of Criticism, W. W. Robson (University of Edinburgh, UK)
8 Eliot’s ‘Tone’, Roger Sharrock (King’s College, University of London, UK)
9 Eliot, Arnold, and the English Poetic Tradition, C. K. Stead (University of Auckland, New Zealand)

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