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Book titles taken from T.S. Eliot’s writing


Over the weekend, The Guardian blogged about the top 10 T.S. Eliot quotes that have been used as book titles. (Sadly, The Guardian misspells Nevil Shute’s name but never mind, I usually get Eliot’s name wrong). Here are just a few of them:

A Handful of Dust by Evelyn Waugh – from The Wasteland: “I will show you fear in a handful of dust.”

On the Beach by Nevil Shute - from The Hollow Men: “We grope together / And avoid speech / Gathered on this beach of the tumid river”.

The Grass is Singing by Doris Lessing – another from The Waste Land. “In this decayed hole among the mountains / In the faint moonlight, the grass is singing.”

The Skull Beneath the Skin by P.D. James - from Whispers of Immortality: “Webster was much possessed by death / And saw the skull beneath the skin … ” (Webster was the playwright John Webster)

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