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A forthcoming title

*T.S. Eliot’s Ascetic Ideal *
By Joshua Richards

In *T. S. Eliot’s Ascetic Ideal*, Joshua Richards charts an intellectual
history of T. S. Eliot’s interaction with asceticism. This history is drawn
from Eliot’s own education in the topic with the texts he read integrated
into detailed textual analysis. Eliot’s early encounters with the ascetic
ideal began a lifetime of interplay and reflection upon self-denial,
purgation, and self-surrender. In 1909, he began a study of mysticism,
likely, in George Santayana’s seminar, and thereafter showed the influence
of this education. Yet, his interaction with the ascetic ideal and his
background in mysticism was not a simple thing; still, his early cynicism
was slowly transformed to an embrace.

https://brill.com/view/title/38655?language=en

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