Some reviews of Letters, Vol. 5
The Letters of T S Eliot, Volume 5: 1930-3, review: 'a deadening epic of polite notes'
The prospect of reading TS Eliot’s every last letter is boring beyond tears
By Jeremy Noel-Tod
10:00AM GMT 05 Dec 2014
The Letters of TS Eliot: Volume 5 1930-1931, book review: Cats and a dislike of cocktails
[and a mention of Hugh MacDiarmid and wombats]
Volume five (1930-31) of TS Eliot’s letters seems less the correspondence
of the most influential poet of his generation than that of a middle-aged
director of “the firm” (publishers Faber & Faber) and editor of the literary
quarterly The Criterion.
Where general readers may have hoped for explications of Ash-Wednesday or
Marina, both published in 1930, instead they are presented with scrupulous
replies to offers of guest lectureships, radio talks, commissions for reader
reports or copyright agreements.