T.S. Eliot

T.S. Eliot in Love and Los Angeles: A Photo Essay (September 2017)

Review of The Complete Prose of T.S. Eliot (July 2014)

Review of The Letters of T.S. Eliot, Volume 3: 1926 - 1927 (Winter 2012)

In the winter/spring of 2013, I wrote a series of short blog posts related to T.S. Eliot's religious conversion.  Here are the links...

February 10, 2013 - T.S. Eliot: The Idea of a Christian Conversion

February 15, 2013 - T.S. Eliot and Unitarianism

February 22, 2013 - T.S. Eliot and Mysticism

March 1, 2013 - T.S. Eliot and Skepticism

March 8, 2013 - T.S. Eliot and John Middleton Murry

March 17, 2013 - T.S. Eliot and the Dissociation of Sensibility

March 24, 2013 - T.S. Eliot and Christology

March 31, 2013 - T.S. Eliot and Belief in the Trinity

April 28, 2013 - T.S. Eliot and the Art of Religion

Between the spring of 2005 and the summer of 2009, I was immersed Eliot's work while preparing a book on him.  Here are a few highlights.... 

T.S. Eliot International Summer School: An Academic Tourist's Perspective (July 2009)

Burnt Norton - a photo essay (July 2009)

East Coker - a photo essay (July 2009)

The Dry Salvages - a photo essay (July 2009)

Little Gidding - a photo essay (July 2009)

The Alchemy of Words - the making of "The Making of T.S. Eliot" (June 2009)

Samples: Mixing DJ Shadow and T.S. Eliot (March 2009)

The City of Dreadful Joy - my L.A.-based homage to "The Waste Land" (September 2008)

Review of "Why Read?" - thoughts on T.S. Eliot and the Modern American College (April 2008)

Review of "Thoughts on Religious Literacy" - with frequent reference to TSE (September 2007)

Diminuendo - an Eliot-esque poem (January 2007)

Review of "The Archivist," a novel about the T.S. Eliot / Emily Hale letters (November 2006)

Reviews of

"[A]n ambitious survey [...] striking for the sheer number of authors Maddrey cites and, as such, functions as a snappy intellectual biography." 
     - The Oxford Journal of Modern Literature (2011)

"[A] work of sturdy scholarship [...] Maddrey grinds no axe, which frees the professor to grind his own. He assembles Eliot's sources and influences and lets them speak at length. The quotations he chose were telling, and often witty. When he wrote of Asian influences-- the toughest part of the work-- he did a good job distinguishing between Hinduism and Buddhism. He writes clearly. An undergraduate could follow without difficulty, and be intrigued enough by some of Maddrey's finds, to dig up the whole book on her own and continue." 
      - George J. Leonard, Professor of Interdisciplinary Humanities, San Francisco State University

"The unique yet convenient structure of this book enhances its eclectic, deft presentation of Eliot's literary influences [...] One can choose an entry and get a detailed elucidation of how that particular entry influenced Eliot's life, thought, or art.   The entries are detailed but written in accessible, fluid prose; cross references to other entries provide an interwoven subtext of connections and possibilities.  The entries dealing with mysticism, especially Eastern mysticism, are particularly satisfying [...] This immersion in Eliot provides a comprehensive perspective and certainly signifies Maddrey's passion for his subject." 
     - D.G. Izzo, American Public University (writing for CHOICE magazine, a publication of the
       American Library Association)

"While it may be impossible - or even inadvisable - to familiarize ourselves with everything that influenced Eliot, Maddrey has given us the next best thing: a shortcut to understanding Eliot's frame of reference.  His sourcebook is ideal for students, but also for those scholars among us who are willing to admit that we do not always have a ready grasp of every major literary influence behind the poems." 
     - Will Gray, Time Present: The Newsletter of the T.S. Eliot Society 

This is a refreshing read and I enjoyed it thoroughly, It feels as though Maddrey is telling you affectionate but impartial stories about a favorite but distant uncle. His extensive research into Eliot informs his text; one gets the feel of a fan who can maintain an intellectual perspective. Although Maddrey is careful to describe the difference in the philosophical influences on Eliot, he does not betray a personal critical slant on these influence, short of a general affection and admiration for the author himself.... I think any enthusiast of Eliot should start his critical readings with Maddrey's work. It's an accessible but intellectual leaping off point.
      - L. Klossner, Amazon reviewer

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