Mon, 23 November 2020

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm GMT

T.S. Eliot – A Beginner’s Guide

Patrick McGuinness

For everyone counting out the days of the pandemic in coffee spoons, wandering aimlessly through half-deserted streets, frustrated by a hundred indecisions: T.S. Eliot got there first. Uncover his extraordinary oeuvre with author and critic Patrick McGuinness.

Do you dare disturb the universe?

T.S. Eliot is famous for his brilliance, sophistication and complexity, and no less infamous for his refusal to make concessions to the casual reader; but making sense of the legendary poet does not have to be a chore. With award-winning novelist and critic Patrick McGuinness as your guide, you’ll uncover the riches of human experience lying in wait in the greatest poetry of the 20th century.

From the neuroses of J Alfred Prufrock to the smoky London of The Waste Land, the whimsical delight of Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats to the dazzling metaphysical fireworks of The Four Quartets, you’ll discover new worlds of wit and wisdom, and understand why Eliot is recognised as one of the greatest masters in the history of the English language.

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Patrick McGuinness

Award-winning author and critic

Patrick McGuinness is a British academic, critic, novelist, and poet. He is Professor of French and Comparative Literature at the University of Oxford, where he is Fellow and Tutor at St Anne’s College.