New on eresources@cambridge A-Z: The Complete Prose of T. S. Eliot
The Complete Prose of T. S. Eliot brings together the collected, uncollected, and unpublished prose of one of the most prolific writers of the twentieth century into an eight-volume critical edition that “dramatically expands access to material that has been restricted or inaccessible in private and institutional collections for almost fifty years”.
The fully searchable, integrative edition includes all of Eliot’s collected essays, reviews, lectures, commentaries from The Criterion, and letters to editors, including more than 700 uncollected and 150 unpublished pieces from 1905 to 1965. Other highlights include essays from his student years at Smith Academy and Harvard and his graduate work at Harvard and Oxford, including his doctoral dissertation; unsigned, unidentified essays published in the New Statesman and the Monist; essays and reviews published in the Egoist, Athenaeum, TLS, Dial, Art and Letters; his Clark and Turnbull lectures on metaphysical poetry, Norton Lectures, Page-Barbour Lectures, Boutwood Lectures; unpublished essays, lectures, addresses from various archives; and transcripts of broadcasts, speeches, endorsements, and memorial tributes.
Each item has been textually edited, annotated, and cross-referenced by an international group of leading Eliot scholars, led by Schuchard, a renowned scholar of Eliot and Modernism. The volumes will be released in sequence and published on Project MUSE, with an archival print edition to be published once all eight volumes have been released. The first two volumes, Apprentice Years, 1905-1918 and The Perfect Critic, 1919-1926 will be published in 2014, with pairs of subsequent volumes scheduled for release in successive years.
“We suppose that there is an English literature, and Professor Gregory
Smith supposes that there is a Scotch literature. When we assume that a
literature exists we assume a great deal: we suppose that there is one of the
five or six (at most) great organic formations of history. We do not suppose
merely “a history,” for there might be a history of Tamil literature; but a
part of History, which for us is the history of Europe. We suppose not
merely a corpus of writings in one language, but writings and writers between
whom there is a tradition; and writers who are not merely connected by
tradition in time, but who are related so as to be in the light of eternity
contemporaneous, from a certain point of view cells in one body, Chaucer
and Hardy. We suppose a mind which is not only the English mind of one
period with its prejudices of politics and fashions of taste, but which is a
greater, finer, more positive, more comprehensive mind than the mind of
any period. And we suppose to each writer an importance which is not
only individual, but due to his place as a constituent of this mind. When
we suppose that there is a literature, therefore, we suppose a good deal.”
From : Was there a Scottish literature?
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