Even many modernist scholars have been unaware that only a small fraction of the prose written by T. S. Eliot has previously been available in print, or (as in the present case) in edited digital form. Between 1905, when he was a student in St. Louis, and his death in 1965, Eliot wrote hundreds of essays and reviews for periodicals. Most remained uncollected, although some of them clearly vie in importance with the familiar critical essays in The Sacred Wood or On Poetry and Poets, and others document the rise and development of significant critical ideas that may be previously known only through one or two key published essays. To this must be added many more hundreds of published and unpublished prose pieces in the form of commentaries for the Criterion, lectures and addresses (some of considerable importance), introductions, prefaces, more ephemeral pieces...
The Complete Prose of T. S. Eliot: The Critical Edition: Apprentice Years, 1905–1918, Volume 1, by T. S. Eliot, The Complete Prose of T. S. Eliot: The Critical Edition: The Perfect Critic, 1919 –1926, Volume 2, by T. S. Eliot
Cyrena N. Pondrom is English Board of Visitors Professor of English Emerita at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her recent scholarship includes the chapters “Helen in Egypt” for Approaches to Teaching H.D., “Constructing the Meaning in the Modernist Text” for Text and Meaning, “H.D. and the Little Magazines” for the Cambridge Companion to H.D., and essays on T. S. Eliot in the Blackwell Companion to T. S. Eliot and Modernism/Modernity. She is currently at work on a book entitled T. S. Eliot and the Performance of Identity in Modernism.
Cyrena N. Pondrom; The Complete Prose of T. S. Eliot: The Critical Edition: Apprentice Years, 1905–1918, Volume 1, by T. S. Eliot, The Complete Prose of T. S. Eliot: The Critical Edition: The Perfect Critic, 1919 –1926, Volume 2, by T. S. Eliot. Twentieth-Century Literature 1 March 2016; 62 (1): 96–103. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/0041462X-3485092
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