Explorer of Eternal Realms: T. S. Eliot
By Richard H. Schmidt
"Eliot wrote plays as well as poems. His, 'The Family Reunion,' is probably his most autobiographical play, but 'Murder in the Cathedral,' written in 1935, gives a deeper glimpse into Eliot's soul."
"Among the greatest poets of the twentieth century, T.S. Eliot was also "an outspoken apologist for the Church of England and a passionate critic of a culture he felt had abandoned its moorings and lost its soul." Richard Schmidt's brief sketch of Eliot's life looks at how faith transformed the bleak, cynical author of The Waste Land into the man who composed the deeply spiritual Four Quartets. Includes excerpts from many of Eliot's most popular writings."--Publisher's website.
On Friday, October 16, 2015, Nancy Gish <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
"As far as I can tell, Eliot was not particularly active in or outspoken about his politics, but his most acclaimed play. . . "
He apparently could not tell very far" Eliot's political and cultural views are all over his cultural criticism. And he proclaimed his politics in letters pretty clearly and explicitly, more than once and not always the same.
And to say that "Although he never earned a further degree, he studied philosophy," is equally problematic since he did "earn" it: he just never went to accept it because of German U-boats in 1915. His professors praised his dissertation, and it seems extremely improbable that he would not manage a defense.
This person has not even bothered to read Eliot before labeling his views to make them affirm his own. This is an odd form of intellectual dishonesty.
I find it also curious that CR would point to such a text when it identifies the character in an Eliot play with Eliot himself. That Beckett took a stance Eliot portrayed in a play is not at all to say Eliot took that stance. And yet any suggestion that Eliot was giving his own views or feelings in The Waste Land is met with loud cries against biographical criticism. Despite this, Eliot said TWL had much of his own life in it. If he ever identified with Beckett, it would be interesting to see the evidence.
Are we than to say Eliot was a murderer because he portrayed "a man who did a girl in"? Or a giver of empty cocktail parties?
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