An intellectual memoir and account of Denis Donoghue's engagement with the works of T.S. Eliot - from initial undergraduate encounters with The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock to later submission to T.S. Eliot's entire writings.
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When Denis Donoghue left Warrenpoint and went to Dublin in September 1946, he entered University College as a student of Latin and English. A few months later he also started as a student of lieder at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. These studies have informed his reading of English, Irish, and American literature. Now in this volume, one of our most distinguished readers of modern literature offers his most personal book of literary criticism. Donoghue's Words Alone is an intellectual memoir, a lucid and illuminating account of his engagement with the works of T. S. Eliot-from initial undergraduate encounters with "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" to later submission to Eliot's entire writings. "The pleasure of Eliot's words persists," Donoghue says, "only because in good faith it can't be denied.From the Back Cover:
"Donoghue has found a new way of combining autobiography and criticism, and the justification for the experiment is the maturity -- the wisdom -- of his commentary on Eliot's poetry. Resolutely a Christian himself, he does something slightly unusual and comments on the poems with a Christian intimacy, but his work is always illuminated by a decisiveness and strength that will make it valuable to all intelligent readers." -- Frank Kermode
"A probing and wide-ranging examination of Eliot's poetry that treats the work with respectful seriousness." -- New York Times Book Review
"Superb." -- Steven Moore, Washington Post Book World
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Book Description Yale University Press, 2000. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110300083297
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