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Four Quartets

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss TS Eliot's Four Quartets, written just before and during World War II as meditations on humanity's relationship with time.

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Four Quartets, TS Eliot's last great work which he composed, against a background of imminent and actual world war, as meditations on the relationship between time and humanity.


David Moody
Emeritus Professor of English and American Literature at the University of York

Fran Brearton
Professor of Modern Poetry at Queen's University, Belfast


Mark Ford
Professor of English and American Literature at University College London

Producer: Simon Tillotson

Jeremy Irons will be reading TS Eliot's greatest poems, from Prufrock to The Waste Land to Four Quartets, across New Year's Day here on Radio 4.

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43 minutes

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Thu 22 Dec 2016 21:30


David Moody at the University of York

Fran Brearton at Queen's University Belfast

Mark Ford at University College London

T. S. Eliot Society of the United Kingdom

T. S. Eliot - Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

T. S. Eliot - Wikipedia

Four Quartets - Wikipedia



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T. S. Eliot, Four Quartets (first published 1943; Faber & Faber, 2001)

Helen Gardner, The Composition of Four Quartets (Faber & Faber, 1978)

Lyndall Gordon, The Imperfect Life of T. S. Eliot (first published 1998; Virago, 2012)

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Christopher Ricks, T. S. Eliot and Prejudice (Faber & Faber, 1988)

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Ronald Schuchard, Eliot’s Dark Angel: Intersections of Life and Art (Oxford University Press, 1999)



Role Contributor
Presenter Melvyn Bragg
Interviewed Guest David Moody
Interviewed Guest Fran Brearton
Interviewed Guest Mark Ford
Producer Simon Tillotson


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