Eliot's Dark Angel: Intersections of Life and Art

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Oxford University Press, 1999 M10 7 - 296 pages
Schuchard's critical study draws upon previously unpublished and uncollected materials in showing how Eliot's personal voice works through the sordid, the bawdy, the blasphemous, and the horrific to create a unique moral world and the only theory of moral criticism in English literature. The book also erodes conventional attitudes toward Eliot's intellectual and spiritual development, showing how early and consistently his classical and religious sensibility manifests itself in his poetry and criticism. The book examines his reading, his teaching, his bawdy poems, and his life-long attraction to music halls and other modes of popular culture to show the complex relation between intellectual biography and art.
 

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Contents

The Dark Angel
3
In the Lecture Halls
25
Hulme of Original Sin
52
Our mad poetics to confute Laforgue and the Personal Voice
70
The Savage Comedian
87
In the Music Halls
102
Illustrations
108
The Horrific Moment
119
FirstRate Blasphemy
131
All Aboard for Natchez Cairo and St Louis The Journey of the Exile in AshWednesday
148
The Ignatian Interlude
162
If I think again of this place The Way to Little Gidding
175
American Publishers and the Transmission of T S Eliots Prose
198
Notes
217
Index
257
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