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    • ISBN:9781844088942
    • Publication date:01 Nov 2012

The Imperfect Life of T. S. Eliot

By Lyndall Gordon

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The most authoritative life of Eliot ever written, acclaimed biographer Lyndall Gordon brings into focus a flawed yet brilliant man.

T. S. Eliot once spoke of a lifetime burning in every moment. He had the mind to conceive a perfect life, and he also had the honesty to admit he could not meet it.

'He was a man of extremes whose deep flaws and high virtues were interfused,' writes Lyndall Gordon in this perceptive and innovative biography of the great poet. She brilliantly explores his poetry, drama and essays in relationship to the four quite different women in his life and to his time in America and England. The Imperfect Life of T.S. Eliot follows the trials of a searcher whose flaws and doubts speak to all of us whose lives are imperfect.

Biographical Notes

Lyndall Gordon is the prizewinning biographer of people such as Charlotte Bronte, Virginia Woolf and Mary Wollstonecraft. Born and raised in South Africa, Lyndall is a fellow of St Hilda's College, Oxford.

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  • ISBN: 9781844088935
  • Publication date: 01 Nov 2012
  • Page count: 672
  • Imprint: Virago
The most valuable single book yet published about Eliot — Jonathan Raban, Sunday Times
A nuanced, discerning account of a life famously flawed in its search for perfection — New Yorker
An intellectually demanding, sophisticated and distinguished book . . . Probing and extremely thoughtful — Richard Bernstein, New York Times
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