From Library Journal
Ricks has written not merely a fine study of T.S. Eliot but an interesting work of criticism that combines the best of New Criticism (a strict reading of texts and keen awareness of ambiguity) and of Deconstruction (a sensitivity to the way the text undercuts itself and deliberately frustrates simplistic "reader responses"). Ricks does an admirable job of explicating Eliot's "Prufrock," and in all his readings he gives fresh evidence of the highly complicated mind Eliot brought to bear on even the titles of his work. This is not another tired discussion of Eliot's racial prejudices (which Ricks nicely contrasts with those of Pound) but a profound inquiry into the nature of writing about prejudice, a kind of minefield where "even the demolition squad sows its own bombs." Recommended for all larger collections.- Daniel L. Guillory, Millikin Univ., Decatur, Ill.
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About the Author
Christopher Ricks is co-director of the Editorial Institute and Warren Professor of Humanities at Boston University. He is author of numerous works of literary criticism, including Beckett's Dying Words (1993) and is responsible for the forthcoming new edition of The Complete Poetry of T. S. Eliot (2011). He was knighted for his services to scholarship in 2009.
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