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