The Invisible Poet: T. S. Eliot

By Hugh Kenner | Go to book overview

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Hugh Kenner was born in Peterborough, Ontario, on January 7, 1923, the son of a classics master turned high school principal. He was gold medalist in English at the University of Toronto, 1945, and obtained his M.A. the following year. After teaching two years at Assumption College, Windsor, Ontario, he embarked on Ph.D. work at Yale and received the degree in 1950. Since then he has been teaching English at Santa Barbara College of the University of California, where he is now chairman of the department. He lives with his wife and five children in a house overlooking the Pacific.

The Invisible Poet is Mr. Kenner's sixth book; others include pioneer studies of Ezra Pound and Wyndham Lewis and a systematic exegesis of James Joyce. Last year he published Gnomon: Essays on Contemporary Literature, a collection of his periodical essays which underlines the coherence and style of his work. He is now writing a book on William Carlos Williams.

Mr. Kenner is Contributing Editor of Poetry ( Chicago), and an advisory editor of Spectrum ( Santa Barbara), has published some 80 articles and reviews in American and British magazines, was invited to address the Royal Society of Literature ( London) in 1956. He wrote The Invisible Poet last year while holding a Guggenheim Fellowship.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface ix
  • I. POSSUM IN ARCADY 1
  • Prufrock 3
  • Laforgue and Others 13
  • Bradley 40
  • II. IN THE VORTEX 71
  • Satires 73
  • Criticism 94
  • Gerontion 124
  • III. THE DEATH OF EUROPE 143
  • The Waste Land 145
  • Hollow Men 183
  • IV. SWEENEY AMONG THE PUPPETS 195
  • Supplementary Dialogue on Dramatic Poetry 197
  • Sweeney and the Voice 222
  • V. THAT THINGS ARE AS THEY ARE 237
  • Ariel Poems 239
  • Ash-Wednesday 261
  • Murder in the Cathedral 276
  • VI. INTO OUR FIRST WORLD 287
  • Four Quartets 289
  • VII. POSSUM BY GASLIGHT 325
  • Prepared Faces 327
  • Index 343
  • About the Author 347
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