A Review of
T. S. Eliot: The Contemporary Reviews
Jewel Spears Brooker, ed.
Cambridge University Press, 2004
By Bernard Brugière
"Another recurrent debate concerns the hiatus between the early (up to Ash-Wedneday) and the later poetry presumably underlain by the transformation of the author of "Prufrock", "The Hippopotamus" and The Waste Land into a renegade, whose diasavowal of agnosticism was comparable with Wordsworth’s abandonment of his youthful revolutionary principles. Yet the more perceptive reviewers sensed that Eliot’s conversion to Christianity entailed no dramatic reversal of his earlier beliefs and noted that "the surface discontinuity concealed a deeper continuity" (XXVI)."
a nodding acquaintance -- just in case