T S Eliot An Imperfect Life PDF/EPUB ¹ T S ePUB

T S Eliot An Imperfect Life PDF/EPUB ¹ T S ePUB


T S Eliot An Imperfect Life [Download] ➾ T S Eliot An Imperfect Life ➹ Lyndall Gordon – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk In this nuanced discerning account of a life famously flawed in its search for perfection The New Yorker Gordon captures Eliot's complex spiritual and artistic history with tact diligence and subtlety In this nuanced discerning account of Eliot An PDF Æ a life famously flawed in its search for perfection The New Yorker Gordon captures Eliot's complex spiritual and artistic history with tact diligence and subtlety Boston Globe Drawing on recently discovered letters she addresses in full the issue of Eliot's T S ePUB ↠ anti Semitism as well as the less noted issue of his misogyny Her account rescues both the poet and the man from the simplifying abstractions that have always been applied to him The New York Times and is definitive but not dogmatic sympathetic without taking sides Its S Eliot An MOBI ó voice rings with authority Balti Sun Praised by Cynthia Ozick as daring strong psychologically brilliant Gordon's study remains true to the mysteries of art as she chronicles the poet's insistent search for salvation.


10 thoughts on “T S Eliot An Imperfect Life

  1. Paul Bryant Paul Bryant says:

    Interviewer why did you want to read about this nasty old man anyway?PB I was feeling ignorant than usual He's mentioned perpetually by all manner of people Possibly the problem is that I can't understand any of the arsey abstract folderol in Four uartets and also he was supposed to be a rightwing antisemitic creep Why isn't he already on the scrapheap of literary history a giant embarrassment like his fascist friend Pound?Interviewer Do you talk like this all the time?PB NoLater that same decade It gets worse On p 105 the author is telling us that Eliot's vicious antisemitism should not make us overlook his eually vile misogyny That's the author speaking I assume she's something of a fan She points out that this antisemitic misogynist set himself up as a moral authority and indeed was taken seriously by the great and the good Is this disgusting? Well in MY little universe yes I think it is On the plus side you also get airyfairy witterings about nothing which comprise Eliot's mystical Christian musingsTHE VERY POOR SEX LIFE OF THE FAMOUS ANTISEMITEIt turns out that the course of modern poetry would probably have fundamentally changed if Eliot hadn't married Vivienne Haigh Wood The minute they got married she had an affair with Bertrand Russell that silver tongued devil and liked him a lot than TS Oops she married the wrong guy After that was over she spent ten years in the grip of one mystery ailment after another it didn't stop her joining the British Fascist Party culminating in such deranged behaviour in private and in public that Eliot left the house and spent many years simply avoiding her He would wear clown gear and paint his face orange and stick on a big red nose and he would unicycle past her as she was battering at the marital door yelling Come out you highbrowed bastard I'll gut ye from stem to stern I'll wear your entrails with pride so help me Bob She tried everything to track him down including putting an advert in The Times HAVE YOU SEEN THIS MAN? Writes inscrutable poems and is thought to be in hiding from ME It's funny but it's really sad Eventually her brother had her committed to an asylum In all of this horribleness Eliot wrote much allegedly no allright really importantly miserable poetry Now consider what would have happened if he'd married a major babe like Rebecca West and enjoyed a ten year shagtastic bonkfest with venturesome trips to discreet nudist colonies in Montserrat No Waste Land No Four uartets BlissIN THE END LEAVES FALL FROM GUTTERS LIKE AN ETHERISED BADGER ON AN OPERATING TABLE Sad conclusion once again I'll have to admit defeat There's a long section devoted to Four uartets and I thought Lyle Gordon would be able to at least show me the way into this clearly great poem but at the beginning of this interpretation she saysEliot sets himself the uestion how do we live in time so as to conuer time?What does that even mean? Later onSo Eliot set himself to negate the senses and all worldly notions of success in order to become a vacuum for grace to fillWell this is where I check out None of these terms mean anything to me conuer time? negate the senses? grace? Might mean something to the Archbishop of Canterbury but it cuts no ice in Devonshire Road Sherwood Nottingham So farewell TSE back to the attic you go I could say it was nice knowing you but you know something it wasn'tDVD EXTRA CELEBRITY DEATH MATCH # 3 ANDREA DWORKIN VERSUS T S ELIOTThe 6 foot 4 Eliot confident of victory gazes down at his 5 foot 2 and grotesuely obese opponent and begins by sneering and uoting Jew hating Early Church Fathers like Origen Eusebius and John Chrysostotum Dworkin kicks his feet away he crumples like a flimsy argument she smashes him in the mouth and stomps on his head putting an end to his repulsiveness within 25 seconds Man that was uick A huge fight breaks out in the crowd between those who say that the personality and life of the author are irrelevant where great art is concerned and those who want to call a guy a big fat antisemite if he is one and relegate his works thereby to a lesser status They flail at each other using copies of Ted Hughes' collected works and reproductions of Picasso The police are called they pile in with riot shields each one bearing a large portrait of Jean Genet Over in the ring Dworkin using power tools has sliced Eliot's corpse up into four uartets


  2. James Hartley James Hartley says:

    Interesting dense life of Eliot which I read to know a bit about the poet not being an expert by any means I found sections fascinating and other sections slightly repetitive and long winded but the book is nothing if not thorough probably best as a reader's companion piece to dip in and out of than a straight through cover to cover read if you're not an Eliot fan The detail is impressive though as is the interpretation and judicious empathy given to Eliot's life


  3. John John says:

    Lyndall Gordon is among my very favorite biographers and she is able to bring any of her subjects back to life as it were In this case TS Eliot not among my favorite persons by any stretch but I was entirely engrossed in Gordon's biography which has every thing I look for in a literary biography how and why and individual writes


  4. David James David James says:

    Gordon Lyndall The Imperfect Life of TS EliotThe revised edition of Lyndall Gordon’s biography 2012 is a comprehensive account of Eliot’s life dealing mainly with his life in England and including five appendices plus a profusion of Notes It is however a fascinating insight into the mind and art of Eliot his many masks and his difficulties with women especially those whom he served badly The book reads rather like a mystery thriller the ‘real’ Eliot being kept under wraps until the end The ‘Imperfect’ of the title reflects on Eliot’s conception of himself and the world he lived in especially his ‘Waste Land’ experience of London as a young manEliot preserved for the outside world a smooth and cultured exterior behind which however raged a tormented soul steeped in New England Puritanism Gordon relates his early life in Boston and Havard to his adoption of England as the only civilised place to live Early on she introduces us to Emily Hale a major player in Eliot’s life until suddenly after years of close friendship in England and the States she becomes for Eliot a non person Eliot who fell in love with Emily as a fellow student and continued covertly to visit her in Chipping Campden then dropped her completely She had served her purpose as a loving companion but closer ontact was damnation for Eliot whose exacting moral code embraced chastity austerity humility and sanctity Something similar happened to his decade of friendship with Mary Trevelyan an independent English woman who became his confidante in his frantic marriage with Vivienne Haigh Wood Eliot was afraid of women Gordon asserts and only at the very end of his life did he find happiness with his former secretary Valerie For those interested in Eliot’s crises of conscience and for addicts of English writers such as Auden Spender and the Woolfs not to mention Americans like Lowell Hawthorne Emerson and Ezra Pound this book is a gold mine Hence one who despised biography and forbade any during his life has thanks to this informed and lively tome posthumously provided material for an insightful book you’ll not easily put down


  5. Rachel Terry Rachel Terry says:

    I had only a vague idea about TS Eliot's life before I read this book I thought he was British wrong I knew he wrote the cat poems immortalized on Broadway I always liked his poetry in anthologies and I read his uartets in college but to me he was just a name next to poetry titles and somehow associated with ee cummings lower case mystical men without first namesBut now I know much about Tom Eliot than I ever wanted to know Lyndall Gordon is a thorough insightful biographer She takes a giant step over the line into literary criticism drawing copious parallels between Eliot's life and writings I know it's not always possible to keep things chronologically organized but whenever the storyline dipped back to the 1920s I wanted to say We've already done the 20s; go on go onI have immense respect for Eliot's gifts but it seems that he was a most frustrating person to be around Somehow he managed to marry a woman who was even frustrating to be around How did Virginia Woolf put up with those dinner dates with the Eliots?Part of the fun of this book is trouncing through the literary world at an exciting time like Forrest Gump showing up at every important historical event of his time You get to see Ezra Pound putting his shoes up on Eliot's coffee table the beginnings of a little publishing house that managed to get Sylvia Plath Ted Hughes Katherine Mansfield and TS Eliot in their early catalog


  6. Matt Matt says:

    My new gold standard for biography insightful but ruthless appreciative but not idolizing This was the perfect book at the perfect time stripping away layers of Eliot's impersonality and obfuscation while leaving the central mysteries intact Yes he could be a terrible human being certainly not a personality anyone would want to model themselves after But Gordon treats the art as art and allows the poet to speak for himself through his work illuminating how his life and his works intertwined without reducing to the lowest common denominator Eliot's work is foundational for my spirituality and my writing and if nothing else this book proves how right that decision was The word is not the Word but the word is how I will get there


  7. Justin Evans Justin Evans says:

    I'm very surprised by the positive reviews and just a bit dismayed by the critical ones Dear readers if you're going to be shocked that people were anti semitic before the war or that men raised in basically Victorian values wouldn't be progressive feminists you might like to restrict yourself to reading about people who are still alive If they're anti semitic and misogynistic they deserve your scorn Gordon does a good job of the these opinions are odious; they don't negate everything Eliot ever did tap dance but even she somehow overstates his misogyny and understates his own sense of shame at his anti semitism There must be some safe middle ground between this and the ludicrously exculpatory last volume of Moody's Pound biography But enough; there are plenty of us who are interested in reading about people who are 'imperfect' or even uite revolting For those people this is still not the right biography By the time she wrote this Gordon had already written multiple books about Eliot's life so the new discoveries take on an outsized importance I now know a surprising amount about Emily Hale's amateur theatrical career but this book tells you almost nothing about say Ezra Pound In terms of research that makes sense because the Hale stuff was new and I believe there's coming In terms of a book written for the public it does not make sense One day someone will be able to write a biography of Eliot that combines the strengths of this book the tap dancing mostly with a coherent biographical narrative That I assume wasn't Gordon's intent here Of course the publishers have sold it like that though because lots of us want to read biographies of famous important good poets Not many people want to read archival material on the same


  8. Peter Spaulding Peter Spaulding says:

    Gordon does a really good job of making a poet whose biography is so important approachable to regular readers It's a little annoying to me that Eliot writes so that if you don't know his biography his poetry isn't as amazing as it otherwise is but Gordon does a really good job of showing the the genius of the poems by contextualizing them in certain biographical features to his poems especially ones as enigmatic yet emotional as Marina This whole book is worth reading if for nothing else than just to better understand that one tiny poem Sooooo good Gordon So good You're the best


  9. Jan Jan says:

    I will not lie I skipped uite a lot It's as much or about his writing as his private life I've learnt a lot and shall go back to his poetry I'm glad he found love even though late in life


  10. Ci Ci says:

    This book comprised of two segments of TS Eliot's life the first half up the final ending of his first marriage then the rest The first half is much engaging as it deals with arguably the most fertile period of the poet's life as well as the tortuous marriage with Vivienne At half way TSE was already an artist formed in his intelligence and his spirituality if not uite certain what to do with his disturbed and disturbing first wife The author has a highly accomplished literary style yet marred by repetitions But the following sentence page 4 captured the essence of TSE's journey the plot laid down in Exodus an exit from civilization followed by an long trial in a waste place followed by entry in the promised land Since youth TSE tried to aim for a perfect life combining the greatest intellectual activities and the greatest receptivity to the divine around us page 32 His life has a pattern a self determined path toward his spiritual objective The relationships around him served as spurs or hurdles but he marched on in his devotion to his vision of achieving a perfect order in life His poetry is his legacy and biography while other statistics and data are superfluous One feels deep horror and pity for his first marriage when Vivianne is a bag of ferrets per Virginia Woolf living a life of tremendous suffering and disorder but one does feel that TSE had done his best to sustain an interior life while suffering through nearly two decades of enervating domestic chaos In the end TSE had left a slim collection of poetry marking the highest achieved point in 20th century English literature Prufrock the Waste Land Hollow Men Ash Wednesday and his final triumphant Four uartets He may not have achieved a perfect life by his original aim but he had achieved the sublimity to a form of life to fit an ideal order despite all the damages accidental and unavoidable along his path The writer of this literacy biography deserves all the awards she received for the intelligence and artistry of her own right


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