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Is T.S. Eliot’s great aura fading?

Cracks are beginning to appear in T.S. Eliot’s once unassailable reputation, says Philip Hensher

4 June 2022

9:00 AM

4 June 2022

9:00 AM

Eliot: After The Waste Land Robert Crawford

Jonathan Cape, pp.480, 25

For much of his life T.S. Eliot was surrounded by an aura of greatness: people accepted it, and behaved accordingly. That kind of consensus is not helpful for a writer or his works, as Eliot himself clearly saw, observing that nobody had ever written anything significant after winning the Nobel Prize for Literature – true at the time and mostly true since.

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