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Robert Crawford

Monday 26th September

Topping & Company Booksellers of Edinburgh, 2 Blenheim Place, Edinburgh EH7 5JH
Doors Open
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Please note this event will now take place on Monday 26th September at 7.30pm.

Distinguished poet Robert Crawford joins us for his long-awaited second volume on T. S. Eliot, the revolutionary modernist and visionary poet, who was also a deeply troubled man.

In this compelling and meticulous portrait, Robert Crawford completes the story he began in Young Eliot. Drawing on extensive new sources and letters, this is the first full-scale biography to make use of Eliot’s most significant surviving correspondence – including the archive of letters (unsealed for the first time in 2020) detailing his decades-long love affair with Emily Hale. Eliot After The Waste Land tells the story of the mature Eliot, his years as a world-renowned writer and intellectual, and his troubled interior life.

Crawford presents this complex and remarkable man not as a literary monument but as a human being: as a husband, lover and widower, as a banker, editor, playwright and publisher, but most of all as an epoch-shaping poet struggling to make art among personal disasters.