‘An accomplished biographer…Highly recommended.’
‘This biography is highly readable and engaging … suitable for scholars and general readers alike.’
Biographical writing about Eliot is in a more confused and contested state than is the case with any other major twentieth-century writer.
Taking account of the late publication of Eliot’s early poems, Inventions of the March Hare, which radically altered the reading public’s perception of the poet, Worthen frees Eliot from many popular distortions. Through a sympathetic study of his first marriage, we see how Eliot’s poetry can be read for its revelations about his inner world.
JOHN WORTHEN is the acclaimed author of D.H Lawrence: The Early Years 1885-1912 and D.H. Lawrence: The Life of an Outsider.