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What might have been and what has been: Eliot and the search for perfection


Filed under: FictionNon-fiction

Lyndall Gordon explores how writers hold up against Eliot's pattern of the perfect life.

In this talk, she asks how Eliot tested a variety of lives in his masterpiece, Four Quartets. How do writers, or risk-takers like his ancestor Andrew Eliot, or Londoners during the Blitz, or members of a religious community, hold up against Eliot’s pattern of the perfect life: ‘a lifetime burning in every moment’?

Recorded on: December 16, 2011