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Manju Jain's innovative study of T. S. Eliot's Harvard years traces the genesis of his early work as a student of philosophy and explores its influence on his poetic and critical practice. The philosophical debates (and Eliot's work as he grappled with them) point forward to important issues in contemporary philosophy and hermeneutics. Drawing extensively on unpublished sources, Manju Jain offers answers to the questions of why Eliot failed to find satisfaction in an academic career devoted to philosophy and why he abandoned the speculations of metaphysics for the dogmas of theology.Read more
- New insight into the background to Eliot's poetry and criticism in his early philosophical work at Harvard
- Involves material drawn from unpublished writings by Eliot, otherwise unavailable to most scholars and students
- Sigg's The American T. S. Eliot, on a similar topic, has sold well. Eliot is perennially popular
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"Manju Jain does a remarkable job showing how serious Eliot really was about philosophy, and how much talent he had in this area. Jain provides a strikingly comprehensive bibliography, as well as an appendix listing the courses Eliot took while at Harvard. This is an excellent starting point for study of his writings, and from Jain's portrayal there seems to be a great deal of interesting material waiting to be discovered. Besides cultivating an interest in looking at Eliot's work as a philosopher, her book also shows the depth of the turn of the century philosophical milieu at Harvard....Manju Jain has opened the door to an exciting new range of possibilities." Matthew Stephens, Canadian Philosophical Reviews
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- Date Published: January 1993
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521417662
- length: 364 pages
- dimensions: 223 x 143 x 34 mm
- weight: 0.63kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. Eliot and unitarianism
2. Eliot and Harvard: 'An Attenuated Santayana'?
3. Eliot, Babbitt, and Paris
4. The 'Golden Age' of American Studies: Eliot's early philosophical studies
5. Josiah Royce's seminar
6. The 'varieties' of psychological and mystical experience
7. Eliot, Bradley and Knowledge and Experience: 'that magnificent vision, into the apparent chaos'
List of courses taken by Eliot while at Harvard
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