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The Poems of T. S. Eliot: Volume II

The Poems of T. S. Eliot: Volume II

Practical Cats and Further Verses

T. S. Eliot; Edited by Christopher Ricks and Jim McCue

Farrar, Straus and Giroux


The second edition of the two-volume T. S. Eliot poems

The Poems of T. S. Eliot is the authoritative edition of one of our greatest poets, scrupulously edited by Christopher Ricks and Jim McCue. To accompany Eliot’s poems, Ricks and McCue have provided a commentary that illuminates the creative activity that came to constitute each poem, calling upon drafts, correspondence and other original materials to provide a vivid account of the poet’s working processes, his reading, his influences and his revisions.

This second volume opens with two books of verse: the children’s verse of Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats and his translation of St. John Perse’s Anabase. This volume then gathers the verses Eliot contributed to the learnedly lighthearted exchanges of Noctes Binanianæ and others for intimate friends or written off the cuff. Each of these sections is accompanied by its own commentary. Finally, there is a comprehensive textual history that contains not only variants from all known drafts and the many printings but also extended passages amounting to hundreds of lines of compelling verse.

The Poems of T. S. Eliot is a work of enlightening scholarship that will delight and inform all those who read it.

T. S. Eliot; Edited by Christopher Ricks and Jim McCue

Thomas Stearns Eliot was born in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1888. He moved to England in 1914 and published his first book of poems in 1917. He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948. Eliot died in 1965.

Sir Christopher Ricks is the William M. and Sara B. Warren Professor of the Humanities at Boston University, having formerly been a professor of English at Bristol and at Cambridge. He is a member of the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers, of which he was president (2007–2008).

Jim McCue, a former editor of The Times, is the author of Edmund Burke and Our Present Discontents and the editor of Penguin Classics' Selected Poems of Arthur Hugh Clough. His imprint, the Foundling Press, began with the first separate publication of T. S. Eliot’s Eeldrop and Appleplex and has printed for the first time writings by Alexander Pope, Ben Jonson, Henry James, and A. E. Housman.

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