The Paradoxes of Eliot

  • Tony Sharpe
Part of the Literary Lives book series (LL)


On 21 August 1914 an American graduate student arrived in London from Rotterdam. He was twenty-six years old, and came from a distinguished family which was spiritually and temperamentally rooted in New England, although geographically located in St Louis, Missouri. He was reading for his doctorate at Harvard University, and was in Europe on one of its Sheldon Travelling Fellowships, under the terms of which he would spend one year (and possibly a second) advancing his studies in philosophy at Merton College, Oxford. It all looked like the beginning of a creditable academic career of the sort that his family had envisaged for him; a career whose culmination would be (his mother in particular hoped) an eminent professorship in the United States.


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    T.S. Eliot, ‘Tradition and the Practice of Poetry’, Southern Review, 21, no. 4 (October 1985), pp. 873–88. This is the first publication of this 1936 lecture; the title is not Eliot’s.Google Scholar

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  • Tony Sharpe
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  1. 1.University of LancasterUK

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