T. S. Eliot, anti-Semitism, and literary form


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Anthony Julius


Of the many different kinds of anti-Semite, T.S. Eliot was the rarest: one who placed his anti-Semitism at the service of his art. Contemporary readers of his work are likely to ask themselves certain questions. Is literary merit compatible with expressions of racial contempt? How are those scorned by such work to respond?

Anthony Julius’s acclaimed book addresses these important questions in a series of remarkable adversarial readings, which both relate Eliot’s anti-Semitism to his greater literary undertaking, and consider it in the context of arguments about the censorship of ‘offensive’ literature.

This new edition of a seminal study includes an introductory chapter telling the story of the critical furore the book provoked on its first publication, and a concluding response, in-depth, to the reassessment of Eliot’s work among poets, scholars and readers that has since ensued.

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Weight 300 g
Dimensions 15 x 22.9 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 16 July 2003
Number of pages 360
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 15 x 22.9 cm
Weight 300 g


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Anthony Julius is a British solicitor advocate and academic. He is Deputy Chairman for the London law firm Mishcon de Reya. Julius is known for his opposition to new antisemitism, the expression of antisemitic prejudice couched in terms of certain kinds of discursive assaults on Israel, and gives frequent talks on the subject all over the world to raise awareness. He is a founding member of both Engage and the Euston Manifesto. In 2011 he became chairman of the board of The Jewish Chronicle. Among his previous books are Transgressions and Idolizing Pictures, both published by Thames & Hudson