• Transmuting F. H. Bradley: T. S. Eliot’s Notes Towards a Theory of Poetry

    Author(s):
    Jamie Callison (see profile)
    Date:
    2017
    Subject(s):
    Eliot, T. S. (Thomas Stearns), 1888-1965, Bradley, F. H. (Francis Herbert), 1846-1924, Literature--Philosophy, Marginalia, Archives, Modernism (Literature)
    Item Type:
    Article
    Permanent URL:
    https://doi.org/10.17613/qnb1-g112
    Abstract:
    This essay affords the first extensive reading of T.S. Eliot’s marginalia to F. H. Bradley’s ‘Appearance and Reality.’ I draw attention to a shift in Eliot’s way of doing philosophy over the course of his year at Merton College, Oxford, 1914-1915; a shift that had consequences for the ways in which Eliot read or re-read Bradley. Drawing on Heather Jackson’s work on marginalia, I argue that Eliot’s notes on Bradley provide a window on this act of reading. In particular, I suggest that Eliot’s quibble with Bradley’s use of the word “transmute” – evident in the marginalia – opens up an extended conversation between the two authors and within which “Tradition and the Individual Talent” can be located. I offer not so much a new account of Bradley’s influence on Eliot as an enriched picture of the manner in which influence can be said to be exerted.
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