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This is an auction for THE IMPERFECT LIFE OF T S ELIOT, by Lyndall Gordon.

"Though the century's most influential English-language poet championed the impersonality of art, British literary biographer Gordon demonstrates that Eliot greatly influenced works that are far more personal than traditionally believed. In Eliot, Gordon delineates a dual personality struggling with the flaws in his nature, a devout Christian who nonetheless could be anti-Semitic and misogynistic. The present volume combines material from Gordon's previous award-winning works, Eliot's Early Years and Eliot's New Life, with extensive additional research. Subjects covered in depth include Eliot's complex relationships with women and the American-ness of his work despite his near-obsession with things British. Eliot scholarship has been hampered by the poet's ban on any official biography; the best previous work was Peter Ackroyd's T.S. Eliot: A Life. Gordon's superb study is thoroughly researched and documented. Of particular interest to scholars is her lengthy section on sources, with specifics on accessing unpublished items. Highly recommended."
- Library Journal (US)

"The most authoritative life of Eliot thus far."
- a *** starred *** review in Publishers Weekly (US)

"Definitive but not dogmatic, sympathetic without taking sides. . . . Its voice rings with authority."
- Baltimore Sun

"Rescues both the poet and the man from the simplifying abstractions that have always been applied to him."
- New York Times

Very favourable reviews on

Paperback 2012.

658 pages + photographs.

Near new condition.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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