By T. S. Eliot
This 5th quantity of the gathered letters of poet, playwright, essayist, and literary critic Thomas Stearns Eliot covers the years 1930 via 1931. It used to be in this interval that the acclaimed American-born author earnestly embraced his newly avowed Anglo-Catholic religion, a call that earned him the antagonism of acquaintances like Virginia Woolf and Herbert learn. additionally evidenced in those correspondences is Eliot's growing to be estrangement from his spouse Vivien, with the writer's newfound commitment to the Anglican Church exacerbating the sadness of an already tormented union.
Yet regardless of his own trials, this era was once one in every of nice literary task for Eliot. In 1930 he composed the poems Ash-Wednesday and Marina, and released Coriolan and a translation of Saint-John Perse's Anabase the subsequent yr.
As director on the British publishing condominium Faber & Faber and editor of The Criterion he inspired W. H. Auden, Stephen Spender, Louis MacNeice, and Ralph Hogdson, released James Joyce's Haveth Childers Everywhere, and grew to become down a booklet idea from Eric Blair, greater recognized by means of his pen identify, George Orwell. via Eliot's correspondences from this time the reader will get a full-bodied view of an exceptional artist at a private, expert, and religious crossroads.
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For the answer these writers project to a master language in collapse represents no anthem for social, speciﬁcally underclass, advance; it heralds no movement into a state where conditions will be improved for all humanity. It bespeaks instead an attempt at their own answering mastery, indeed, an equivalent privilege, which will have occluded this project from view in the construction of the new modernism. What Winter and I make of this diminished thing, however, differs in no small way. In his mapping of cultural history, modernism identiﬁes itself as a ghetto of regrettable idiosyncracies.
Now that France had entered the conﬂict on the side of Russia, the growing sense that England must become involved is met with the case of “Germany, . . a nation . . ” This sense of kinship is reinforced by an equal feeling of antipathy for the lowly Slavs. ”33 The contu35 THE GREAT WAR AND THE LANGUAGE OF MODERNISM mely and rebuke are redoubled on the same day in the more voluble columns of the Guardian’s leader. This piece responds to the notions that “Russia ‘will ﬁght upon the side of European moral’ ” and that “ ‘the cause of civilised relations between peoples’ .
The language of logical progress and moral rationality belongs now to Liberal England and its new conversant—the recently barbaric Russian, the once babbling Slav. “[F]rom a compact among those Powers whose capacity for civilisation is sufﬁciently developed,” that is, from the joint discourses of a London–St. Petersburg axis, this editorial ventures that “a new Europe . . ”35 What passes the standards test for membership on the right side of this struggle may include the reconditioned Slav, after all, in just the same way that the case for war is acquiring its new (and unexpected) rationale.
Letters of T.S. Eliot, Volume 5: 1930-1931 by T. S. Eliot