A Critical Difference: T. S. Eliot and John Middleton Murry in English Literary Criticism, 1919-1928

Hardcover | October 1, 1998

byDavid Goldie

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A Critical Difference is a detailed study of perhaps the most intriguing and important literary-critical dialogue of the 1920s. Goldie places the critical writing of T. S. Eliot and John Middleton Murry firmly in the context of a contentious post-war literary culture and argues for the need toread their work as a series of interventions within that culture. The book traces the development of their criticism from early collaboration on the Athenaeum through to the rivalries between Eliot's Criterion and Murry's Adelphi. It explores the informing contexts of several of Eliot's better-knownessays and sheds new light on his role as a polemicist and critical controversialist.

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A Critical Difference is a detailed study of perhaps the most intriguing and important literary-critical dialogue of the 1920s. Goldie places the critical writing of T. S. Eliot and John Middleton Murry firmly in the context of a contentious post-war literary culture and argues for the need toread their work as a series of intervention...

David Goldie is at University of Strathclyde.

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Format:HardcoverPublished:October 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPart I. Reconstruction: Murry, Eliot, and the Athenaeum, 1919-21Reconstruction and `Improperganda'; Literature and the War; The Athenaeum: `Inward Acts and Ancestral Attitudes'; Tradition and the Dissociated Sensibility; The Perfect CriticPart II. The Criterion versus the AdelphiRemy de Gourmont and the Problem of Style; After the Athenaeum; The Criterion and the Adelphi; Romanticism and Classicism; Murry's Romantic Historiography; Hulme and Classicism; Murry and a Romantic Tradition; Keats and ShakespearePart III. Orthodoxy and Modernism: The Claims of Religion, 1926-28Murry, Moral Relativism, and Modernism; `Life', Liberalism, and Organized Christianity; The Life of Jesus; The Classical Revival; Reason and Romanticism; Towards a Synthesis; Some Problems of OrthodoxyConclusion: Imperfect OrthodoxySelect BibliographyIndex

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...engrossing study ...- Ian Hamilton. London Review of Books. 4/March/1998