FOUR QUARTETS ([ 1944 ])



Published: London : Faber & Faber

Date: [ 1944 ]

First UK Edition, stated ‘Second Impression’ on the copyright page (published December 1944, in the same year as the first printing); original tan cloth in the dust-jacket which is slightly soiled and chipped along the top edge with toning to the spine, not price-clipped (6s net). A Fine copy in the VG+ jacket.

This edition brings together for the first time Eliot’s Quartets, originally published individually over a six-year period. The first, “Burnt Norton”, was written and published with a collection of his early works following the production of Eliot's play Murder in the Cathedral. The other three poems, “East Coker”, “The Dry Salvages”, and “Little Gidding”, were composed during World War II and the air-raids on Great Britain. They were not issued collectively until Eliot's New York publisher, Harcourt, Brace, printed them together in 1943. Four Quartets are four inter-linked meditations with the common theme being man's relationship with time, the universe, and the divine. In describing his understanding of the divine within the poems, Eliot blends his Anglo-Catholicism with mystical, philosophical and poetic works from both Eastern and Western religious and cultural traditions, with references to the Bhagavad-Gita and the Pre-Socratics as well as St. John of the Cross and Julian of Norwich.


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