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Eliot's dark angel : intersections of life and art
Schuchard, Ronald.
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New York : Oxford University Press, 1999.
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xiii, 268 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Reading Level:
1590 Lexile.
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Schuchard's critical study draws upon previously unpublished and uncollected materials in showing how Eliot's personal voice works through the sordid, the bawdy, the blasphemous, and the horrific to create a unique moral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. Thebook 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-longattraction to music halls and other modes of popular culture to show the complex relation between intellectual biography and art.

Author Notes

Ronald Schuchard is at Emory University.

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The most unique aspect of this excellent work is Schuchard's inclusion of previously unpublished documents reflecting T.S. Eliot's teaching activity--particularly the valuable, detailed syllabi for several courses he taught toward the end of WW I: Modern English Literature, Victorian Literature, and Elizabethan Literature. Schuchard (Emory Univ.) furnishes extensive lists of both primary and secondary literary material with which scholars now know Eliot was familiar. More generally, Schuchard, a self-described "biographical critic," explores the ways in which art and criticism are indissolubly linked, the ways in which the reconstruction of biographical and intellectual contexts may indeed change or influence cultural evolution." This he achieves by examining "events of significance and intensity in Eliot's life and work," including the adulterous relationship of his wife Vivienne and Bertrand Russell, the influences of various religious writers (e.g., St. John of the Cross, St. Ignatius Loyola), his own long-term relationship with US teacher Emily Hale, and numerous literary influences. Because of the dual focus on both biography and criticism, this book particularly complements two other recent publications: Inventions of the March Hare: Poems, 1909-1917, ed. by Christopher Ricks (1996), a collection of Eliot's previously unpublished early poems, and Lyndall Gordon's T.S. Eliot: An Imperfect Life (CH, Jan'00). Recommended for all academic library collections. A. R. Nourie; Illinois State University

Table of Contents

Abbreviationsp. xi
Prelude: The Dark Angelp. 3
1 In the Lecture Hallsp. 25
2 Hulme of Original Sinp. 52
3 "Our mad poetics to confute": Laforgue and the Personal Voicep. 70
4 The Savage Comedianp. 87
5 In the Music Hallsp. 102
6 The Horrific Momentp. 119
7 First-Rate Blasphemyp. 131
8 "All Aboard for Natchez, Cairo and St. Louis": The Journey of the Exile in Ash-Wednesdayp. 148
9 The Ignatian Interludep. 162
10 "If I think, again, of this place": The Way to Little Giddingp. 175
Appendix American Publishers and the Transmission of T.S. Eliot's Prosep. 198
Notesp. 217
Indexp. 257