The Idea of a Christian Society

ELIOT, T.S.

SIGNED BY ELIOT

ELIOT, T.S. The Idea of a Christian Society

Faber & Faber Ltd., 1939.

First edition. Original blue boards lettered in gilt to the spine, in the red dustwrapper. Fore and bottom edges untrimmed. Signed by Eliot on the title page. Postcard loosely laid in. A very good copy indeed, in a very good dustwrapper, with a couple of closed tears reinforced by tape to verso and minor loss to the rear flap.

This essay is based on the Boutwood Lectures, a programme of three talks tackling religious and political themes, given by Eliot at Corpus Christi, Cambridge in March 1939. Delivered on the eve of war, Eliot's talks sought a way to counter Nazi values, and argued that neutrality would lead not to "peace in our time" but to disaster. "In times of emergency, it may prove in the long run that the problems we have postponed or ignored, rather than those we have failed to attack successfully, will return to plague us."
The postcard laid in is written by one of the attendees and reads "I heard these lectures being delivered at Corpus, & was bidden to meet Eliot one evening - the first time I met him. We were a pair of tongue-tied undergraduates, and he talked mostly about cheese."

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