Faint praise

I’m giving a talk on Edward Thomas next week, so I thought I’d check up on what T.S.Eliot had to say about him.

Here’s a review of The Tenth Muse,  from The  Egoist of December 1917.

Not exactly enthusiastic.

5 Comments

  1. anonymous
    Posted September 20, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Permalink

    Where and when is your talk on Thomas and what is the title?

    • Posted September 20, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Permalink

      It’s part of a day of in-service training for A-Level teachers, at the National Army Museum, in Chelsea.

  2. Roger
    Posted September 21, 2011 at 2:55 am | Permalink

    The book was reprints of Thomas’s “hack reviews” I presume. How did Eliot respond to Thomas’s poems? Did Eliot respond to Thomas’s poems?

    • Posted September 21, 2011 at 5:15 am | Permalink

      I think there’s an Eliot article (from about 1919) in the Athanaeum that has a not-very-impressed mention of Thomas’s poems, but I don’t have a copy to hand.

      • Posted September 22, 2011 at 11:41 am | Permalink

        And in Vol II of Eliot’s letters, there’s a sharp little comment in a 1925 letter to Middleton Murry:
        ‘I disliked immensely the Diary of H.T.’
        This refers to an extract from Helen Thomas’s ‘As It Was’, recently published in a magazine.


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