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T.S. Eliot and Early Modern Literature

Steven Matthews


This book, for the first time, considers the full imaginative and moral engagement of one of the most influential poets of the twentieth century, T.S. Eliot, with the Early Modern period of literature in English (1580–1630). This engagement haunted Eliot’s poetry and critical writing across his career, and would have a profound impact on subsequent poetry across the world, as well as upon academic literary criticism and wider cultural perceptions. To this end, the book elucidates and contextualizes several facets of Eliot’s thinking and its impact: through establishment of his original and ecl ... More

Keywords: T.S. Eliot, Early Modern Literature, modernism, influence, contexts of writing, literary histories, John Donne, Shakespeare, dramatic poetry

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199574773
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199574773.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Steven Matthews, author
Professor of English Literature, Oxford Brookes University