Mr. Eliot's Double Life

These two massive volumes—the first published originally in 1988, the second now joining it with much fanfare—chronicle the period during which T.S. Eliot developed from the scion of a prosperous Midwestern family to the poet of The Waste Land and “Prufrock,” but also to a banker and one-man editorial staff of a fledgling new journal of “cosmopolitan tendencies and international standards,” The Criterion, which would attract writers across Europe.

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