T. S. Eliot: An Imperfect Life

T. S. Eliot: An Imperfect Life

by Lyndall Gordon


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T. S. Eliot: An Imperfect Life by Lyndall Gordon

Lyndall Gordon's biographical work on T. S. Eliot has won many dramatic accolades.
In this "nuanced, discerning account of a life famously flawed in its search for perfection" (The New Yorker), Gordon captures Eliot's "complex spiritual and artistic history . . . with tact, diligence, and subtlety" (Boston Globe). Drawing on recently discovered letters, she addresses in full the issue of Eliot's anti-Semitism as well as the less-noted issue of his misogyny. Her account "rescues both the poet and the man from the simplifying abstractions that have always been applied to him" (The New York Times), and is "definitive but not dogmatic, sympathetic without taking sides. . . . Its voice rings with authority" (Baltimore Sun). Praised by Cynthia Ozick as "daring, strong, psychologically brilliant," Gordon's study remains true to the mysteries of art as she chronicles the poet's "insistent search for salvation."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393320930
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 11/28/2000
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 752
Sales rank: 435,725
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Lyndall Gordon is the prize-winning author of T. S. Eliot: An Imperfect Life and Lives Like Loaded Guns. She is a Fellow at the Royal Society of Literature and a member of PEN. She lives in Oxford.

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