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Book Title: The Sacred Wood and Major Early Essays (Books on Literature & Drama)|
The author of the book: T.S. Eliot
Edition: Dover Publications
Date of issue: July 10th 1997
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ISBN 13: 9780486299365
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Part of T. S. Eliot's lofty standing among 20th-century poets is directly attributable to his vast knowledge and deep appreciation of his literary predecessors. The importance of Eliot's role as an erudite critic of literary and cultural matters cannot be overstated. With the l920 publication of The Sacred Wood his reputation as a critical force was established. In his first collection of essays, Eliot defines the critic's role as one "to see literature steadily and to see it whole … not as consecrated by time, but to see the best work of our time and the best work of twenty-five hundred years ago with the same eyes."
Eliot turns his penetrating gaze on such authors as Swinburne, Blake, Dante, and Ben Jonson in this collection of provocative essays. He also considers "Hamlet and His Problems," "The Possibility of Poetic Drama," and most significantly, "Tradition and the Individual Talent."
In addition to all of the essays in The Sacred Wood, this volume includes four features that originally appeared in The Times Literary Supplement: "Homage to John Dryden," "Poets on Poetry," "The Metaphysical Poets," and "Andrew Marvell." Taken together, these pieces offer remarkable insights into Eliot's ideas on poetry and poets, the nature and role of literature and drama, and the function of criticism.
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Read information about the authorThomas Stearns Eliot was a poet, dramatist and literary critic. He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948 "for his outstanding, pioneer contribution to present-day poetry." He wrote the poems The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, The Waste Land, The Hollow Men, Ash Wednesday, and Four Quartets; the plays Murder in the Cathedral and The Cocktail Party; and the essay Tradition and the Individual Talent. Eliot was born an American, moved to the United Kingdom in 1914 (at the age of 25), and became a British subject in 1927 at the age of 39.
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