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John Worthen's biography of T. S. Eliot

Sympathetic portrait with an 'ugly blot' of anti-semitism
T. S. Eliot sitting at his desk. Photograph: Encyclopedia Britannica.
In a brief review for The Independent on Sunday, Brandon Robshaw summarizes John Worthen's new biography of T. S. Eliot:
Worthen's focus is very much on the work, and he shows that much of Eliot's poetry reflects turmoils in his own emotional life. Eliot comes across as vulnerable and in some ways sympathetic beneath his buttoned-up exterior. But Worthen's efforts to mitigate the charges of anti-Semitism against Eliot backfire, if anything emphasising this ugly blot on the character of an otherwise kindly and sensitive man. [Read More]