If you cannot pull up the review from the address below, you need only google "New York Times Young Eliot" and it comes up with no problem.
Second, the paragraph below is how it ends.
Third, it is absurd to agree or disagree with the concluding remark unless one reads the biography. It is extremely thorough and based on a lot of new research--such as tracking down accounts of Eliot's sailing far north by getting to the history archives in Jonesport, Maine (amazing). It is a brilliant book in my judgment, but it has to be read to be evaluated in any way.
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“The more perfect the artist, the more completely separate in him will be the man who suffers and the mind which creates,” Eliot argued. Crawford shrewdly notes how “Tom selected the verb ‘suffers,’ rather than, say, ‘loves,’ ‘exults’ or ‘experiences.’ ” Produced in the throes of great anguish, “The Waste Land” offers little hope within its borders. Eliot’s first half of life ended much as the world ends in his poem “The Hollow Men,” “not with a bang but a whimper.”
“the ways in which the passions and desires of the creator may be satisfied in the work of art are complex and devious" -- TSE
“The more perfect the artist, the more completely separate in him will be the man who suffers and the mind which creates." -- TSE
'Young Eliot,' by Robert Crawford
A review by David Yezzi
One may not concur with the concluding remark, though.