Books: At the Still Point

FOUR QUARTETS — T. S. Eliot — Harcourt, Brace ($2).

In a little short of 900 lines, these subtle, magnificent religious poems contain more beauty and sense than any book within recent memory. They are capable of charming, and teaching, many thousands among the great general reading audience.

T. S. Eliot has never been an artist likely to please the bulk of that great audience. Simply as a rather solemn American-turned-Englishman, he is personally unsympathetic to many. His work lacks commonness in the good sense of that word as well as the bad. It...

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