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Introduction

Nancy Duvall Hargrove

in T. S. Eliot’s Parisian Year

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780813034010
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039367 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813034010.003.0001
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In his 1944 French essay entitled “What France Means to You”, T. S. Eliot was able to state that he was lucky in discovering Paris during the academic year 1910–1911 as at that time the city served as a cultural and intellectual center. As it was able to cultivate fine arts and a wide range of ideas, it was also able to promote established and new artists such as Pablo Picasso and Igor Stravinsky. In another article called “A Commentary” which appeared in The Criterion's April 1934 issue, Eliot articulated how the maturation of the city was influenced significantly by its diverse ideas. The museums in Paris are known for housing some of the greatest masterpieces, and Paris is also known for its significant structures such as the Cathédrale de Notre Dame and the Tour Eiffel. Also, Paris is famous for some of its technological advances. This book attempts to recreate Paris' “present parfait”through describing significant cultural events during Eliot's residence.

Keywords: T. S. Eliot; cultural events; Paris; diverse ideas; masterpieces; structures

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Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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