First Edition of T.S. Eliot's The Literature of Politics; Inscribed by Him to His Niece
The Literature of Politics.
Item Number: 61021
London: Conservative Political Centre, 1955.
First edition of this Eliot lecture delivered at a literary luncheon, organized by the London Conservative Union, at the Overseas League, London on April 19, 1955. Octavo, original wrappers as issued. Inscribed by the author to his niece on the half-title page in the year of publication, “To Theodora Eliot Smith from T. S. Eliot 6.vii.55.” In near fine condition. Foreword by Anthony Eden. A nice association.
T.S. Eliot was an essayist, publisher, playwright, literary and social critic, and "one of the twentieth century's major poets". Eliot attracted widespread attention for his poem "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" (1915), which was seen as a masterpiece of the Modernist movement. It was followed by some of the best-known poems in the English language, including The Waste Land (1922), "The Hollow Men" (1925), "Ash Wednesday" (1930), and Four Quartets (1943). He was also known for his seven plays, particularly Murder in the Cathedral (1935) and The Cocktail Party (1949). He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948, "for his outstanding, pioneer contribution to present-day poetry."