It's all a matter of opinion anyway.
Much of this review is generally knowledgeable and useful, but it ends on a weird note. A biography is by definition the story of a life, and it is not meant to be "finished" and "polished" at the expense of the life itself. Anyone who has read Eliot's harshly negative comments on women writers or his poetry on Fresca and the disgusting Bolo and "Gross Lulu" poems, let alone the facts of his relations with Emily Hale, Vivienne, and Mary Trevelyan would be a bit surprised to know that gender is of passing interest. And anyone who has read After Strange Gods or the lifelong influence of Charles Maurras would find exclusion of the issue of Jews simply dishonest. There is no need at all to look to other scholars--though ignoring Lyndall Gordon, or Ken Ascher on Maurras, would be a failure in itself--to find gender and anti-Semitism as issues. One need only read Eliot's own writings.To call this a miscue is to call for idealizion, not biography. And to object to other scholars in a scholarly biography is equally strange. Wilson is a professor and lacks an excuse for such misguided remarks.Nancy"Crawford’s one serious miscue here is his being too attuned to all this: He frequently lingers on questions of “gender” and Eliot’s view of Jews, as if looking over his shoulder at the assertions of scholars rather than keeping his eye trained on the details of the poet’s life. This gives Young Eliot, at times, the feel of a monograph of passing interest rather than an effort to present the finished, polished story of Eliot’s life. A few slips into jargon and the occasional direct references to the work of other scholars, which should have been reserved for the endnotes, contribute to this feeling.">>> Chanan Mittal 08/24/15 9:44 AM >>>
Poet in Embryo
Old Possum’s formative years.BY JAMES MATTHEW WILSONThe Weekly StandardAug 10, 2015http://www.weeklystandard.com/articles/poet-embryo_1001527.html?nopager=1CR