Magazine June 13, 2016, Issue

Beyond the Language of the Living

The Poems of T. S. Eliot: The Annotated Text, edited by Christopher Ricks and Jim McCue (Johns Hopkins; Volume 1, 1,344 pp., $44.95; Volume 2, 688 pp., $39.95)

The publication of this definitive, annotated edition of all of T. S. Eliot’s poems in December 2015 coincided with the 50th anniversary of Eliot’s death and must surely be one of the scholarly monuments of humane letters of this decade, a contention widely confirmed already by reviews in the scholarly press. Many years in preparation and over 2,000 pages in length, it is monastic in its scrupulous fidelity to the texts, including details of their publishing history and textual variants.

Its editors are Professor Sir Christopher Ricks, co-director of the Editorial Institute at Boston University, and his former Cambridge student Jim

M. D. Aeschliman recently retired after 25 years as professor of Anglophone Culture at the University of Italian Switzerland and is also professor emeritus of education at Boston University. The third edition of his The Restoration of Man: C. S. Lewis and the Continuing Case against Scientism was published in 2019 and in French translation this year. In 1987 he edited a new edition of Malcolm Muggeridge’s 1934 novel Winter in Moscow.

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