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T.S. Eliot Reads Audio, Cassette – Abridged, Audiobook, Unabridged

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About the Author

T.S. Eliot (1888-1965) recast 20th century English poetry with a whole new vocabulary of technique, giving voice to a bold, vibrantly original Modernist style.  In addition to his poetry, his body of work includes many landmark critical essays, as well as plays such as The Cocktail Party and Murder in the Cathedral.  In 1948, he received the Nobel Prize for Literature
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Product Details

  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Caedmon; Unabridged edition (April 26, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0694522767
  • ISBN-13: 978-0694522767
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 3.9 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,523,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Thomas Stearns Eliot was born in 1888 in St. Louis, Missouri, and became a British subject in 1927. The acclaimed poet of The Waste Land, Four Quartets, and Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, among numerous other poems, prose, and works of drama, won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1948. T.S. Eliot died in 1965 in London, England, and is buried in Westminster Abbey.

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T. S. Eliot is a fantastic orator. Listening to him read his masterpieces- arguably the best body of work written in English in this century- has immeasurably enhanced my appreciation of the bizzarre and beautiful music of his lines. Before hearing these tapes, I had been indifferent to some of Eliot's poems; now his tapes have shown me how to read his rhythms and start to untangle his tropes, allowing me to better appreciate his verbal and metaphysical mastery. Anyone who likes Eliot's poetry, and anyone who has trouble appreciating it on the printed page alone, should definitely buy these tapes, and more.
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As someone who has spent months studying Eliot, I can say with conviction that the people who have given this work unfavorable ratings do not understand his poetry. Eliot reads his work with a dry, depressing voice that does not necessarily pay attention to the punctuation and is, admitedly, not always pleasant to listen to.

His reading of the poetry, however, is exactly how it is meant to be read. His interpretation of his poems becomes clear through the reading, and this harsh unmoving voice serves only to further the mood that each poem evokes. While it is not something to listen to at a party or other lighthearted gathering, if one wants to get the most realistic view of Eliot's poetry, it is necessary to listen to his recordings.
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Eliot's voice reading his own poems. The sound of a pair of ragged claws scratching across the shores of silent seas... Anyway, although a rough reference there, I know, his dry, almost detached demeanor reflected in his monophonic, monotonic voice perfectly captures the true tenor and substance of the poems. I would highly recommend these tapes for anyone into Elliot's work.
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T.S. Eliot reading his own poetry should be seen as another part of his entire canon. Yes, it's that good. Essential. Not boring or dry (as some reviewers have opined), but exact and awesome and inspiring. These are not ALL of his works, but WERE personally selected by the author/poet for inclusion here. So then this is a sort of "Greatest Hits" that the man picked himself, apparently. Both well-known works ("The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock", "The Waste Land" in its entirety, "The Hollow Men", and "Four Quartets" in their entirety) are here, as well as many lesser-known but still great works which we can find in his "Complete Poems" (including a chapter from "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats"). Two brief passages from his first two plays ("Murder in the Cathedral" and "The Family Reunion", respectively) are also included here. No non-Eliot voices, no background music, no sound-effects, bells, tin-flutes, pan-flutes or whistles here--just the author alone as he reads the poems and passages.
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I am one of those who believe that Eliot is probably the greatest poet of the XX th century, in a century of other great poets, such as Rilke, Cavafii, Pound, Stevens, Cummings, Michaux, Breton, Lorca, Pessoa, etc.
Having the extraordinary oportunity of listening to his own voice telling his own poems, is one of those reasons why we must thank technologies.
This reading is of an enormous importance to understand better the way he constructed and builded his ever lasting poems
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