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The Confidential Clerk - T.S. Eliot

The Confidential Clerk

Paperback Published: 27th February 1975
ISBN: 9780571081622
Number Of Pages: 128

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The Confidential Clerk was first produced at the Edinburgh Festival in the summer of 1953.'The dialogue of The Confidential Clerk has a precision and a lightly felt rhythm unmatched in the writing of any contemporary dramatist.' Times Literary Supplement'A triumph of dramatic skill: the handling of the two levels of the play is masterly and Eliot's verse registers its greatest achievement on the stage - passages of great lyrical beauty are incorporated into the dialogue.' Spectator

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This is the latest poetical drama by the creator of The Cocktail Party and is certain to be discussed even by those who wont acknowledge they don't understand it. Fresh from an excellent performance in Londo, it is shortly due in New York. Again it's Eliot's form of morality play, adding little, perhaps, to the theme of The Cocktail Party, with its admonishment to the upper classes to prepare for the supreme sacrifice, or to accept life in its own drab terms. The cast of characters parallels that of the earlier play, with its half uppercrust, half symbolical semblance. The Clerk takes the place of the Doctor,- part confessor, part psychiatrist, almost priest and moderator. Then there's the most likable character of the lot, a vulgar, loud woman. And finally a pure idealist, martyr to a cause, who as a male and less melodramatically plays the martyr's role taken- in The Cocktail Party- by Celia Copplestone. If The Confidential Clerk strikes any new note, it might be called double detachment, for he seems to be spoofing everyone, including himself. This gives a note of wry humor. The involution of the plot, absurdity piled on absurdity, adds to the sense of amused detachment. But what is tremendous is the poetical expertise. Never has Eliot's apparently effortless presody been more precise, more pregnant. Subtle overtones and undertones give an essentially dull play whatever depth it possesses. He has achieved complete mastery of words-and his triumph is dust to the spirit. But this is a play to read-for even when he has little to say- he says it supremely well. (Kirkus Reviews)

ISBN: 9780571081622
ISBN-10: 0571081622
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 128
Published: 27th February 1975
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.6  x 0.9
Weight (kg): 0.1
Edition Number: 1

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