Books: Back to the Waste Land

NOTES TOWARDS THE DEFINITION OF CULTURE (128 pp.)—T. S. Eliot—Harcourt, Brace ($2.50).

"My aim is to help to define a word, the word culture ... to rescue this word is the extreme of my ambition." So says Poet-Critic Thomas Stearns Eliot, 1948 Nobel Prizewinner, in the opening pages of his new book. But the reader who thinks this modest pronouncement means that dignified Poet Eliot is going to settle down to a donnish little tussle with Noah Webster had better brace himself for a shock. In Notes Towards the Definition of Culture Eliot advances...