I do not understand on what possible basis you can judge Gordon's
meticulously researched material "fiction." It is consistently based on cited
material, and--more signicantly--Gordon has now done three biographies
that have gone over and over parallel ground with exacting care. It is simply
not possible to dismiss whether one agrees with her judgments or not.
She has done the work, not just speculated or contrived or relied on the
kind of notions of some early memoirs.
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Subject: RE: Eliot's letters--Gordon's Biography
Say widely accepted to be the most voluminous biography and I'll agree.
Otherwise, I prefer Akroyd. Gordon may have more facts, but that's covered
in a hell of a lot more fiction.
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> Onderwerp: Re: Eliot's letters--Gordon's Biography
> "...says Lyndall Gordon, whose two-volume biography is widely
> accepted as the
> most authoritative version of the life of the American-born
> poet." (quoting
> from The Sunday Times, as furnished by Pat in her recent e-mail)
> Gordon's biography reminds me of the NY Times: All the news that
> is fit to
> print according to the NY Times.
> Eugene Schlnger