Eliot's Dark Angel

Eliot's Dark Angel : Intersections of Life and Art

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Schuchard's critical study draws upon previously unpublished and uncollected materials in showing how Eliot's personal voice works through the sordid, the bawdy, the blasphemous, and the horrific to create a unique moral world and the only theory of moral criticism in English literature. The book also erodes conventional attitudes toward Eliot's intellectual and spiritual development, showing how early and consistently his classical and religious sensibility manifests itself in his poetry and criticism. The book examines his reading, his teaching, his bawdy poems, and his life-long attraction to music halls and other modes of popular culture to show the complex relation between intellectual biography and art.show more

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  • Paperback | 294 pages
  • 148.6 x 214.1 x 18.5mm | 358.34g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 0195147022
  • 9780195147025
  • 1,311,264

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"[Schuchard] elucidates those moments in which he finds that the life presses with particular insistence upon the poems. The method is justified by the perceptions at which it arrives.... The fourth [chapter], one of the most original, argues that Eliot's comic sense, fortified by Baudelaire's 'On the Essence of Laughter,' expressed itself in a respect for farce, burlesque, caricature, and obscenity.... This superb essay leads to another just as good, a study of Eliot's feeling for the art of the music hall, Marie Lloyd and her peers, and the ballet of Diaghilev and Massine as inspirations toward a possible poetic theater.... The book ends...with a splendid analysis of St. John of the Cross, the English mystical writers, and-crucially-the centrality of George Herbert in Eliot's later poetry and criticism.... I recommend to your attention [Eliot's Dark Angel]."-Denis Donoghue, The Southern Review "The most unique aspect of this excellent work is Schuchard's inclusion of previously unpublished materials reflecting T.S. Eliot's teaching activity-particularly the valuable, detailed syllabi for several courses he taught towards the end of World War I...."-Choice "What a book! Ronald Schuchard...has the audacity to write with uncompromising clarity, skill and grace....Congratulate him, for in Eliot's Dark Angel: Intersections of Life and Art Schuchard has produced the best critical work on T.S. Eliot I have read in over a decade, and certainly one of the top half dozen in the behemoth canon of critical sorties into Eliot terrain....It is a milestone in Eliot criticism."-Christianity and Literature "A work of literary criticism that actually lives up to the puffs on the dust jacket: `Beautifully written and exhaustively researched...it is essential reading for anyone with a serious interest in Eliot."-Virginia Quarterly Review "[The book] will be essential reading for professional scholars and critics writing about Eliot for some time to come....A treasure trove of information about Eliot's life and art....Empirical discoveries are rare indeed in literary criticism...Schuchard's discovery and publication of these documents revealed how much the young Eliot's famous critical pronouncements and poetic allusions owed to his routine class preparations....The definitive statement on Eliot's brief teaching career and its crucial relation to his development as a writer....Reconstructs Eliot's pop-cultural frame of reference in the 1910s and '20s. His love of the latest joke, the latest dance craze, and the latest outrage on middle-class sensibilities perpetrated by one visiting Continental avant-gardist or another enabled Eliot to tune his poetry to the zeitgeist, even as his private yearnings toward a medieval Christian faith tormented him."-Reviewshow more

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