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Your Weekly Dose of T.S. Eliot

By Harriet Staff

Let us go then, you and I, to celebrate T.S. Eliot this Monday afternoon.

The Open Culture website posted two grand recordings of T.S. Eliot reading from his most famous works, “The Waste Land” and “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.”

More thoughts on Eliot’s letters appeared in The Literary Review. Writer David Collard opines:

Was he a great letter writer? Not on the evidence gathered here – although we are offered a vivid picture of the single-handed daily management of a high-minded literary magazine. Few of the Criterion letters are riveting or revelatory, and are couched in a scrupulously courteous register that becomes wearisome when read in quantity. But the dazzling roster of correspondents makes even the most humdrum exchanges of interest. The big names – Wyndham Lewis, Ezra Pound, Virginia Woolf and W B Yeats – are well represented, along with an illustrious cast of literary worthies from Auden (his first appearance in the letters being a courteous rejection note) to Gertrude Stein (another rejection, rather less courteous), Robert Graves (a quarrel) and Thomas McGreevy, Criterion contributor and close friend of Samuel Beckett, whose recently published letters vie with Eliot’s as essential purchases for anyone with an interest in modern writing.

Read the full review here.

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Posted in Poetry News on Monday, July 30th, 2012 by Harriet Staff.