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About T. S. Eliot
Thomas Stearns Eliot was born in 1888 in St. Louis, Missouri, and became a British subject in 1927. The acclaimed poet of The Waste Land, Four Quartets, and Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, among numerous other poems, prose, and works of drama, won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1948. T.S. Eliot died in 1965 in London, England, and is buried in Westminster Abbey.
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Four Quartets is a rich composition that expands the spiritual vision introduced in “The Waste Land.” Here, in four linked poems (“Burnt Norton,” “East Coker,” “The Dry Salvages,” and “Little Gidding”), spiritual, philosophical, and personal themes emerge through symbolic allusions and literary and religious references from both Eastern and Western thought. It is the culminating achievement by a man considered the greatest poet of the twentieth century and one of the seminal figures in the evolution of modernism.
Eliot first attracted widespread attention for his poem "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" in 1915, which, at the time of its publication, was considered outlandish. It was followed by The Waste Land (1922), "The Hollow Men" (1925), "Ash Wednesday" (1930), and Four Quartets (1943). He was also known for seven plays, particularly Murder in the Cathedral (1935) and The Cocktail Party (1949). He was awarded the 1948 Nobel Prize in Literature, "for his outstanding, pioneer contribution to present-day poetry".
The Hollow Men
The Waste Land
The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
Burbank with a Baedeker: Bleistein with a Cigar
A Cooking Egg
Mélange adultère de tout
Lune de Miel
Dans le Restaurant
Whispers of Immortality
Mr. Eliot's Sunday Morning Service
Sweeney Among the Nightingales
Portrait of a Lady
Rhapsody on a Windy Night
Morning at the Window
The Boston Evening Transcript
La Figlia Che Piange
The Collected Works of T.S. Eliot
Thomas Stearns Eliot OM was a poet, essayist, publisher, playwright, and literary and social critic. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, to a prominent Boston Brahmin family, he moved to England in 1914 at the age of 25 and would settle, work and marry there.
This collection includes the following:
Prufrock and Other Observations
The Waste Land
The Sacred Wood: Essays on Poetry and Criticism
Meet magical Mr Mistoffelees, sleepy Old Deuteronomy and curious Rum Tum Tugger. But you'll be lucky to meet Macavity because Macavity's not there!
In 1925 T.S. Eliot became co-director of Faber & Faber, who remain his publishers to this day. Throughout the 1930s he composed the now famous poems about Macavity, Old Deuteronomy, Mr Mistoffelees and many other cats, under the name of 'Old Possum'. In 1981 Eliot's poems were set to music by Andrew Lloyd Webber as Cats which went on to become the longest-running Broadway musical in history.
'If cats, witchy or not, are your child's thing don't miss the new Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats.' The Times
'A lovely edition of an old favourite . . . it will be enjoyed again and again.' Carousel
'Classic cat poems . . . are given a delightful new look.' LoveReading4Kids
This five-part poem is a portrayal of its time, a work that describes the disillusionment of the modernist era and the anguish that the era of writers of that time were handling. It comes from the place just after the First World War, a period in which the world was in chaos. Many young men had lost their lives or livelihoods from the warfare, households were ripped apart, and the survivors lacked purpose and will about how to move forward. Its imagery of disarray and disillusionment together create an impactful and insightful work of art.
In this volume an attempt has been made to represent both the most received and the unfamiliar works, including fragments of the unfinished play script for Sweeney Agonistes, and concluded with his controversial, yet profoundly elucidating criticism of Shakespeare's dramatic 'failure', Hamlet. Also included is the quirky and delectable Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, which went on to inspire the 1981 Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, Cats.
The impact that Eliot's work still has upon the culture is revealing. As a body of work it seems to curiously mature well within our own age, and as the countless engagements by artists such as Edward Gorey's illustrations of Eliot's publications and the curious pursual for a libretto by English composer Michael Tippett, one expects that the generation of Eliot's writing are only now emergent.
Special attention has been given to this volume to ensure that the emphatic structure of Eliot's original formats are represented in this kindle volume.
Originally delivered in 1939 at Corpus Christi College, these three lectures by the renowned poet and playwright T. S. Eliot address the direction of religious thought toward criticism of political and economic systems. With sincerity and intellectual rigor, the Nobel Prize winner asks whether—and how—it is possible for Christianity to coexist with Western democracy and capitalism.
El mayor poema del siglo XX
«La temible Tierra baldía de T. S. Eliot vuelve a vivir en la versión de Andreu Jaume.»
Félix de Azúa, El País
Además de ser el gran poema del siglo XX, La tierra baldía es una obra esencial para entender nuestro tiempo. Con una dicción y unas imágenes rompedoras, T.S. Eliot sabe cantar la devastación de la primera guerra mundial, la adecuación del hombre a la ciudad como nuevo y definitivo exilio de la naturaleza, el deseo difícil entre mujeres y hombres, y convocar a la vez las voces del pasado literario de Occidente. Pero más allá del intimidante virtuosismo técnico y de la intensidad estética que el poema desata, en estos versos emociona sobre todo la desnuda humanidad que estalla en silencio.
Editado, prologado y traducido por Andreu Jaume, que también nos da su versión de Prufrock, el primer poemario de Eliot y referente indispensable para entender el resto de su poesía, este libro viene a recordarnos, cuando se cumplen cincuenta años de su muerte, la vigencia, la ambición y el ejemplo de un poeta, un crítico y un editor que consiguió crear una nueva visión del mundo contemporáneo.
La crítica ha dicho:
«El poeta inglés más influyente de su tiempo.»
«Eliot articuló la mente de una época en palabras.»
«Solo puedorepetir, con la urgencia de hace cincuenta años: LÉANLO. Es la genuina voz dantesca de nuestro tiempo.»
«Yo marcaría el inicio de la literatura moderna el 1917, cuando Eliot publicó Prufrock.»
«T. S. Eliot reventó las costuras y [...] armó a solas la mejor guerrilla de vanguardia de la poesía anglosajona. Todo en aquel largo poema es extraordinario, febril, mutante, insólito, casi un bosque irreal, casi otro mundo habitable, como anunciando algo que está por venir y de lo que sólo él tiene la clave.»
Antonio Lucas, El Mundo
«No hay, en el siglo XX, una obra que concentre con tanta intensidad todas las ideas preconcebidas acerca de lo que se entiende por poesía moderna como La tierra baldía. [...] Sigue conservando una enorme juventud y vigor. Más allá de su aparente complejidad es un artefacto memorable. Supone un golpe seco.»
«La tierra baldía dejó el mundo destrozado, como si se hubiera arrojado una bomba atómica sobre él.»
William Carlos Williams
«La fina línea que separaba la poesía inglesa del siglo XX de la de sus predecesores del siglo XIX no desapareció porque sí: lo provocó un hachazo, cuya hoja, afiladísima, fue La tierra baldía.»
«El poema impacta antes de que el lector lo haya pensado.
While a student at Harvard in the early years of the twentieth century, T. S. Eliot immersed himself in the verse of Dante, Donne, and the nineteenth-century French poet Jules Laforgue. His study of the relation of thought and feeling in these poets led Eliot, as a poet and critic living in London, to formulate an original theory of the poetry generally termed “metaphysical”—philosophical and intellectual poetry that revels in startlingly unconventional imagery.
Eliot came to perceive a gradual “disintegration of the intellect” following three “metaphysical moments” of European civilization—the thirteenth, seventeenth, and nineteenth centuries. The theory is at once a provocative prism through which to view Western intellectual and literary history and an exceptional insight into Eliot’s own intellectual development.
This annotated edition includes the eight Clark Lectures on metaphysical poetry that Eliot delivered at Trinity College in Cambridge in 1926, and their revision and extension for his three Turnbull Lectures at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore in 1933. They reveal in great depth the historical currents of poetry and philosophy that shaped Eliot’s own metaphysical moment in the twentieth century.
In “The Waste Land,” T. S. Eliot’s eulogy for all that is buried after World War I, April promises a flowering. But as the world mourns the spirit of a bygone era, what future can emerge from the cold, dead, infertile ground?
Doubt and fear grip the narrator, too, in “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”—a self-examination of an anxious, overeducated man unable to act against feelings of paralyzing impotence.
In his visionary poetry, including the fourteen enduring works collected here, Eliot broke with Romantic tradition in favor of Modernist reinvention, establishing himself as one of the twentieth century’s most bracing and significant literary figures.
Revised edition: Previously published as The Waste Land, this edition of The Waste Land & Prufrock and Other Observations (AmazonClassics Edition) includes editorial revisions.
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