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In Defence of T. S. Eliot Paperback – 12 Oct 2001

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  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Picador; New edition edition (12 Oct. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330485458
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330485456
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 12.7 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,752,735 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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His pieces, on the literary world and some of its most fascinating figures and classics, bear his hallmark of vitality and distinctive approach. Raine’s knowledge of the span of literary theory (and anecdote) and the incisiveness of his thinking uncover as far more contradictory and complex in their successes writers customarily held in reverence. The essays range from a powerful piece on the KGB’s literary archive to thoughts about tragedy in Kipling’s life, from Auden, Nabokov and Beckett to the state of health of Samuel Johnson’s testicles. This book celebrates the diversity of the world of books and Raine is a supremely entertaining and thought-provoking guide. ‘Raine pounces on writers lacking his own high degree of linguistic resolution and independence. The citizenly impulse behind these arresting critical interventions is usually commendable. One gets the impression of a man simmering in long silence, coming reluctantly to the boil because someone has to speak up’ Geoff Dyer, Guardian

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Craig Raine is one of our foremost critics and poets. He is the author of several volumes of highly acclaimed poetry including. A Martian Sends a Postcard Home which led John Bayley to comment 'Raine puts us in touch with life as unexpectedly and joyfully as the early Pasternak did'. His Collected Poems, his second volume of essays, Haydn and the Valve Trumpet, and his elegy A La Recherche du Temps Perdu are all available in Picador.

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By Martin T. on 8 Mar. 2015
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This is the first book I have read by Craig Raine. It won't be the last.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Nov. 2001
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Another volume of trenchant, stylish essays - many of them journalistic in flavour, but all serious (and some quite funny to boot) - from the Oxford-based poet/critic. Excellent on Joyce, Fitzgerald, Emily Dickinson, Pasternak, Orwell and of course T. S. Eliot.
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1 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Accessible if not Readable 2 April 2003
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Craig Raine's In Defence of T.S. Eliot is a series of useful and interesting literary essays, one of which focuses on T.S. Eliot's Anti-semitism. Generally quite sound criticism, if not thoroughly scholarly, Raine knows what he is talking about. His style is accesible to all, and it is that kind of light literary criticism one can read in bed. The dictum out on the streets is the following: Raine may be accessible, but he is definately not readable. This however applies to his poetry and not to his criticism (which is, as stated before, not too bad). For a touch of Raine's poetic genius, check out his latest (i think) long poem, titled: a la recherche du temps perdu, to my dead Mistress... have fun.
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