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T. S. Eliot, the Little Review, and Transnational Print Culture

8 November 2021

Zoe Rucker, University of Oxford

When the Little Review announced it was coming to the end of its fifteen-year lifespan in 1929, T. S. Eliot wrote to its editors expressing his distress and explaining that during the earlier part of his career, ‘The Little Review was the only periodical in America which would accept my work, and indeed the only periodical there in which I cared to appear in’.[1] In characteristically Eliotic fashion, such a comment contains both a compliment to the Little Review and an element of back-handed snobbishness towards other American periodicals. More interesting, perhaps, is Eliot’s use of the word ‘appear’, which, on one hand, simply means ‘to contribute work to’. On another, it implies a consideration for the reciprocal relationship between the self-fashioning and marketing of a public authorial image when an author is published in a periodical, and the shaping of that periodical’s own image and reputation within relevant networks of periodical culture.  Continue reading “T. S. Eliot, the Little Review, and Transnational Print Culture”

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