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T. S. Eliot

T. S. Eliot authored dozens of books of criticism and poetry, most famously Prufrock, and Other Observations (1917), The Waste Land (1922), and Four Quartets (1943). He received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1948. His essays on poetry, such as “Tradition and the Individual Talent,” are considered classics of modernist poetry theory.


Personality and Demonic Possession

Winter 1934 | Essays

For modern blasphemy is merely a department of bad form: and just as, in countries which still possess a Crown, people are usually (and quite rightly) shocked by any public impertinence concerning any member of their Royal Family, they are still shocked by any public impertinence towards a Deity for whom they feel privately no respect at all; and both feelings are supported by the conservatism of those who have anything to lose by social changes.