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The Savage and the City in the Work of T. S. Eliot

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The twin concerns of primitive and metropolitan life nourished T. S. Eliot's imagination through his childhood and student years and developed to mould and underpin his writing. Ranging from Dr Sweany of St Louis and Eliot's intense interest in anthropology to his drawing on Victorian urban writing and popular American models, this book throws new light on Eliot's major works, particularly on the earlier ones culminating in The Waste Land and Sweeney Agonistes. In understanding how a great poet obsessively and ...
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Overview

The twin concerns of primitive and metropolitan life nourished T. S. Eliot's imagination through his childhood and student years and developed to mould and underpin his writing. Ranging from Dr Sweany of St Louis and Eliot's intense interest in anthropology to his drawing on Victorian urban writing and popular American models, this book throws new light on Eliot's major works, particularly on the earlier ones culminating in The Waste Land and Sweeney Agonistes. In understanding how a great poet obsessively and continually brought together 'savages' and the sophisticated as well as slum-dwelling members of modern urban society, we can see his work afresh as possessing remarkable and profound excitement as well as unusual integrity.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198122517
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 7/28/1990
  • Series: Oxford English Monographs Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures x
Abbreviations xi
Introduction 1
I. The Beginning of the Wild West 5
II. City 35
III. Savage 61
IV. Waiting for Rain 103
V. That's All, That's All, That's All, That's All 150
VI. The Savage and the City in the Later Work 191
Bibliography 239
Index 245
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