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The Imperfect Life of T. S. Eliot

The Imperfect Life of T. S. Eliot [Kindle Edition]

Lyndall Gordon
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The most authoritative life of Eliot ever written, acclaimed biographer Lyndall Gordon brings into focus a flawed yet brilliant man.

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T. S. Eliot once spoke of a lifetime burning in every moment. He had the mind to conceive a perfect life, and he also had the honesty to admit he could not meet it.

'He was a man of extremes whose deep flaws and high virtues were interfused,' writes Lyndall Gordon in this perceptive and innovative biography of the great poet. She brilliantly explores his poetry, drama and essays in relationship to the four quite different women in his life and to his time in America and England. The Imperfect Life of T.S. Eliot follows the trials of a searcher whose flaws and doubts speak to all of us whose lives are imperfect.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2055 KB
  • Print Length: 673 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1844088936
  • Publisher: Virago (1 Nov 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844088936
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844088935
  • ASIN: B0091LLF58
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #205,409 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Lyndall Gordon is the prize-winning author of six biographies, including Lives Like Loaded Guns: Emily Dickinson and Her Family's Feuds; The Imperfect Life of TS Eliot; Shared Lives, a memoir of women's friendship in her native South Africa; and Divided Lives: Dreams of a Mother and a Daughter, which tells her own story. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and lives in Oxford where she is a fellow of St Hilda's College.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read... 26 Oct 2013
...and, glory be, what a wonderful book it is. Prof Gordon is a penetrating, fascinating and infinitely helpful guide to this tremendous figure, so appalling most of the time as a man, so endlessly rewarding as a poet. Perhaps a shame to call it the imperfect life of...which would be suitable for virtually everyone: what perfect life would ever produce poetry worth reading? Here, she portrays him mainly in relation to the three most important women in his life - plus the fourth who nips in briskly at the last moment just in time to, ah, safeguard his heritage, so to speak - and the suffering they underwent to various degrees, poor loves - only the bottomless generosity of the female heart can explain a desire to offer it to such a pernickety and unpromising recipient. The descriptions of his composition of his two era-warping masterpieces are seriously absorbing, so by the time he's flexing his muscles to get to grips with Little Gidding it's rather like reading a thriller: have Xanax within easy reach. All in all, brilliantly readable, beautifully written, absolutely recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 21 Nov 2013
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Greatly enjoyed and gave me some real insights into a man I new little about.
I had read a book about his first wife, but that made him seem to me a rather dark character. Also some insights into his poetry, I'll be looking to buy some books of his poetry in the near future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A compelling read so far....... 28 Mar 2014
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I have only read a few chapters but the incredible detail only goes to illuminate and explain the complexity of Eliot as a person which is manifestly obvious in his poetry. He didn't want people to know about his life, just his work, but the two are inseparable. This book is quite a revelation. No wonder he wanted to keep his imperfect life a secret.
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