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The American T. S. Eliot : A Study of the Early Writings - Eric Sigg

The American T. S. Eliot

A Study of the Early Writings

By: Eric Sigg

Hardcover Published: 29th September 1989
ISBN: 9780521365611
Number Of Pages: 280

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In his old age T.S. Eliot said on a number of occasions that the American experience of his childhood and youth had had the deepest influence on his poetry. This is the first book to explore in detail how Eliot's writings at once preserved and reacted against his complex American heritage: his intellectually and socially prominent family, their strong Unitarian culture, and their experience in nineteenth-century St. Louis and Boston. Analyzing major poems from "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" through The Waste Land, and drawing widely upon the early philosophical writings, essays, and reviews, Dr. Sigg shows the influence on Eliot of major American figures such as George Santayana, Henry James, and Henry Adams, as well as of the British philosopher F.H. Bradley on whom Eliot wrote a doctoral dissertation at Harvard.

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"Sigg's subtly argued, well-conceived study fills a glaring gap that has existed in Eliot studies for some time. He not only offers a sensitive portrayal of a poet and his work, but forces us to reevaluate Eliot's relationship to his native tradition. It is an indispensable book." Richard Badenhausen, Modern Language Studies

The souls of the devout
Divisions and precisions: ambivalence and ambiguity
A gesture and a pose: homo duplex
Where are the eagles and the trumpets? American aesthetes
The silhouette of Sweeney: cultures and conflict
Being between two lives: reading The Waste Land
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ISBN: 9780521365611
ISBN-10: 0521365619
Series: Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 29th September 1989
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.56