Among his many other achievements, Eliot was one of the mid-twentieth century’s most important conservative voices, not just in his criticism but also, of course, in his poetry, not least the Four Quartets. If Eliot is further connected with anti-Semitic utterances, it will require care beyond most critics’ capability to ensure that his other qualities, including his conservatism, are not simultaneously muddied.
Like Lenin said, look for the person who will benefit. And you will, uh, you know, you'll, uh, you know what I'm trying to say...
--Jeffrey 'The Dude' Lebowski
When Marx talks about private property, he means that's short for private ownership of the means of production, the private ownership of capital, and only that.
--Mortimer J. Adler
In truth, Scott’s influence went well beyond a few now-unfashionable Victorians. Some modern critics are struck above all by his adventurousness and the way in which the “Waverley” series as a whole opened up all sorts of possibilities for Victorian and later novelists.
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Eliot to Scott
On authors in my recommended reading: