ELIOT, T.S. Four Quartets.

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ELIOT, T.S. Four Quartets London, Faber & Faber, 1940-42

1) Burnt Norton; Tall 8vo; Green card wrappers with black lettering on front cover; untrimmed papers; [6] 9-15; toned wrappers; indent to lower right corner of front wrapper and crease to top left; slight bruising on top and head of spine with loss of cover on rear; indent in gutter; text block very good, all round very good copy.
2) East Coker; Tall 8vo; Yellow card wrappers with black lettering on front cover; untrimmed papers; [4] 7-15; toned wrappers; crease to top left corner of front wrapper; slight brusing on top and head of spine; minor evidence of foxing on front end paper; otherwise very good copy.
3) The Dry Salvages: Light blue card wrappers with black lettering on front cover; untrimmed papers; [4] 7-15; Sunning on edges of both wrappers and binding; little chip to left hand lower corner of wrappers.
4)Little Gidding; Brown card wrappers with black lettering on front cover; untrimmed papers; [4] 7-16; minimal stains to front wrapper and creases on top and bottom left corner; bottom sewn binding coming slightly undone; spots of staining on wrappers particularly in top right hand corner of back wrapper; ink undelrining on pg. 7; otherwise very good copy.

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One of the most esteemed poets of the 20th Century, Eliot's four long poems Four Quartets were his last influential contribution to his illustrious poetic legacy and its famous structural complexity means it is frequently asssigned partnership with James Joyce's Ulysses. Each poem (previously published seperately) can be interpreted as a meditation on time, which struck a chord with readers facing the reality of WWII. Eliot's poems corresponded with this disturbance and disillusionment as it drew on the idea of past and present and envisaged a place where the traditions of England would supersede the terror and sorrows of war. Each poem can be seen to correpsond to one of the four classical elements and take insipiration from a variety of thinkers and philosophies including Dante (whom he imagines meeting during a Blitz raid in 'Little Gidding'). Eliot would be buried in East Coker, the origin of his ancestral line and the title of one of the Quartet poems. The words that adorn his memorial stone adhere to the cyclical theme present in the 'Four Quartets' where the quote reads, 'In my beginning is my end'. Five years subsequent to the collection, Eliot would be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

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