In answer to the quest for references to The Family Reunion, probably D.E.
Jones, The Plays of TSE (1960), Carol H. Smith's T.S. Eliot's Dramatic
Theory and Practice (1963), and Grover Smith's T.S. Eliot's Poetry and
Plays, 2nd ed. 1974 are most important for an overview of his dramatic
works. Randy Malamud in T.S. Eliot's Drama (1992), has a chapter on the
play (p. 89-110) with a useful synopsis and summary of critical views.
There is an entire book devoted to the play, Wishwood Revisited by the late
Giles Evans (1991), which claims an important role for the play in
understanding all of Eliot, but it is written largely from the standpoint of
a fan and relies heavily on the biographies by Gordon and Ackroyd. E.
Martin Browne was Eliot's producer (and occasional actor in his plays) and
has written The Making of T.S. Eliot's Plays (1969) and a useful
autobiography Two in One (1981). Browne's The Making of a Play (1966) is
exclusively about Cocktail Party. Hope these help.
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Subject: Re: Eliot biographies
> Then, which sources and critics are good to read about Mr. Eliot's plays
esp. "The Family Reunion" ?
> On Fri, 25 Jan 2002 11:30:14 Erwin Welsch wrote:
> >The Cambridge Companion to TSE says that the "biographies that exist
> >from partisan to abusive; none are satisfactory, for no biographer has
> >access to Eliot's papers." It also points out that two months before he
> >died, Eliot specifically told his executors that they were not to
> >"facilitate or countenance writing of any biography of me." With that
> >caveat, the closest satisfactory biographies are the books by Peter
> >(TSE: A Life) and Lyndal Gordon's Eliot's Early Years 1977, Eliot's New
> >Life 1988, and T.S. Eliot: An Imperfect Life 1999. There are some other
> >works that combine analysis and biography, but these are a good start.
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> >Subject: Re: Thoughts on "La Figlia che Piange"
> >> Nancy,
> >> Which biographies of Eliot are best to read about his Life?
> >> Sue E.
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