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Record 25641

Reading Experience:

'Read "Poems 1909-1925" by T.S. Eliot. I have never had any inclination to read Eliot's book but a whim prompted me to name it when Moll asked what book I'd like. I am afraid reading Eliot hasn't changed my opinion of him. His poetry is rooted in a pedantic intellectuality: a waste-land verily: a valley of dry bones without any blood: there is wit - but the wit is also dry; brittle - no Rabelsaisian sap: no human richness: only the false disillusionment of the young could model itself on this verse.'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: 3 Jul 1933
Country: Scotland
Time: n/a
Place: city: Perth
specific address: 27 Wilson Street
location in dwelling: in bed
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:William Soutar
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 28 Apr 1898
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: poet
Religion: atheist
Country of origin: Scotland
Country of experience: Scotland
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: T.S. Eliot
Title: Poems 1909-1925
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 25641  
Source - Print  
  Author: William Soutar
  Editor: Alexander Scott
  Title: Diaries of a dying man
  Place of Publication: Edinburgh
  Date of Publication: 1954
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 57
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: William Soutar, Alexander Scott (ed.), Diaries of a dying man (Edinburgh, 1954), p. 57,, accessed: 30 May 2020

Additional comments:



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