Eliot may have been misquoting himself. With an online search using
Dogpile.com and a selection of keywords instead of a quoted phrase I
was able to come up with:
"No generation is interested in art in quite the same way as any
other; each generation, like each individual, brings to the
contemplation of art its own categories of appreciation, makes
its own demands upon art, and has its own uses for art."
But of course there was no citation. Go to these webpages and look up
the authors and maybe they will be able to help. Please send in what
you find to TSE. I've been contemplating a page or pages of Eliot
quotes with citations for some time.
David Latham wrote:
> I have been searching for the original Eliot essay for the
> following citation. In his "Frontiers of Criticism" essay (On Poetry
> and Poets, 1957), Eliot says that "Many years ago I pointed out that
> every generation must provide its own literary criticism; for as I
> said, 'each generation brings to the contemplation of art its own
> categories of appreciation, makes its own demands upon art, and has
> its own uses for art.'" Can someone tell me the essay in which Eliot
> first made the "each generation brings to the contemplation of
> art..." statement?