T. S. Eliot by Lyndall Gordon
An Imperfect Life

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An exploration of the divide between saint and sinner in the greatest poet of the twentieth century. Lyndall Gordon's biographical work on T. S. Eliot has drawn dramatic accolades from many quarters but has been unavailable for years. In T. S. Eliot: An Imperfect Life, Gordon brings fascinating new material together in one volume with the best of her earlier work. She draws on scores of recently discovered letters, and she addresses in full the issue of Eliot's anti-Semitism as well as the less-noted issue of his misogyny. She also provides an unparalleled exploration of the participation of women in his work. Gordon's first book, Eliot's Early Years, was described by Richard Ellman as "the most thorough and best-written account of Eliot's early life and works"; and her second, Eliot's New Life, was hailed by Cynthia Ozick in The New Yorker as "daring, strong, psychologically brilliant." Throughout, as Michiko Kakutani has written, Gordon writes "with judicious sympathy and an intimate knowledge of his poetry and plays." The aim, Gordon writes, is "to follow the trials of a searcher whose flaws and doubts speak to all of us whose lives are imperfect." With exquisite skill and intuition, she remains true to the mysteries of art as she chronicles the poet's "insistent search for salvation."

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Lyndall Gordon is the prize-winning author of, most recently, "T. S. Eliot: An Imperfect Life" & "A Private Life of Henry James".
Published August 1, 1999 by W. W. Norton & Company. 721 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure. Non-fiction

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Veteran biographer Gordon ballasts Eliot's listing reputation with a weighty volume that combines—with heavy revisions and some new additions—her well-received partial biographies Eliot's Early Years (1977) and Eliot's New Life (1988).

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Remaining in awe of Eliot's literary greatness, Gordon (A Private Life of Henry James) has rewritten her slim but influential Eliot's Early Years (1977) and her somewhat overlapping Eliot's New Life (

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London Review of Books

From Sterne to Woolf, English fiction struggles painfully or hilariously in the gap between sensation and idea, discourse and intuition, and is thus a true sibling of English empiricist philosophy.

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