Inventions of the March Hare

Edited by Christopher Ricks

T.S. Eliot
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A few months before The Waste Land was published in 1922, the manuscript was given by Eliot to his benefactor John Quinn. At the same time he sold Quinn a notebook containing about fifty poems written during Eliot's twenties. It was not until 1968, three years after the poet's death, that the double cache was unveiled within the Berg Collection of the New York Public Library.The early poems, from the notebook and the accompanying leaves, are now at last published, all but a few of them for the first time. (Five appear in the first volume of Eliot's letters, edited by Mrs Valerie Eliot.) Fascinating to all lovers of Eliot's work, the poems are various in their matter (love, social nuance, dismay - the boredom, the horror and the glory); in their kinds (urban pastoral, satire, lyric, the prose poem); and in their life of language (two are in French, and many are diversely indebted to Jules Laforgue). Here, to add to Prufrock and Other Observations (1917), are Other Observations. Many are of great beauty; all are of great interest, technical and human.The poems are fully annotated. Editorial appendices reproduce, first, the verses on leaves excised by Eliot from the notebook; second, the early drafts of poems published in 1917; third, drafts of 1920 poems now with the notebook; and fourth, Eliot's revelatory statements, gathered from his criticism, correspondence and interviews, about the many influences which went to the creation of his early poems.

Author bio:

Thomas Stearns Eliot was born in St Louis, Missouri in 1888. He was educated at Harvard, at the Sorbonne in Paris, and at Merton College, Oxford. His early poetry was profoundly influenced by the French symbolists, especially Baudelaire and Laforgue. In his academic studies he specialised in philosophy and logic. His doctoral thesis was on F. H. Bradley. He settled in England in 1915, the year in which he married Vivienne Haigh-Wood and also met his contemporary Ezra Pound for the first time. After teaching for a year or so he joined Lloyds Bank in the City of London in 1917, the year in which he published his first volume, Prufrock and Other Observations. In 1919 Poems was hand-printed by Leonard and Virginia Woolf. His first collection of essays, The Sacred Wood, appeared in 1920. His most famous work, The Waste Land, was published in 1922, the same year as James Joyce's Ulysses. The poem was included in the first issue of his jou

Category: Literature & literary studies
ISBN: 9780571178957
Edition No: 1
Publisher: Faber
Imprint: Faber Poetry
Pub Date: July 2005
Page Extent: 480
Format: Book
Age: 0 - 0
Subject: Literature & literary studies

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