T. S. Eliot once spoke of a lifetime burning in every moment. He had the mind to conceive a perfect life, and he also had the honesty to admit he could not meet it.
‘He was a man of extremes whose deep flaws and high virtues were interfused,’ writes Lyndall Gordon in this perceptive and innovative biography of the great poet. She brilliantly explores his poetry, drama and essays in relationship to the four quite different women in his life and to his time in America and England. The Imperfect Life of T.S. Eliot follows the trials of a searcher whose flaws and doubts speak to all of us whose lives are imperfect.
The most valuable single book yet published about Eliot
Jonathan Raban, Sunday Times
A nuanced, discerning account of a life famously flawed in its search for perfection
An intellectually demanding, sophisticated and distinguished book . . . Probing and extremely thoughtful