The World Broke in Two

The World Broke in Two

Virginia Woolf, T. S. Eliot, D. H. Lawrence, E. M. Forster, and the Year That Changed Literature

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"A revelatory narrative of the intersecting lives and works of revered authors Virginia Woolf, T.S. Eliot, E.M. Forster and D.H. Lawrence during 1922, the birth year of modernism. The World Broke in Two tells the fascinating story of the intellectual and personal journeys four legendary writers, Virginia Woolf, T.S. Eliot, E.M. Forster, and D.H. Lawrence, make over the course of one pivotal year. As 1922 begins, all four are literally at a loss for words, confronting an uncertain creative future despite success in the past. The literary ground is shifting, as Ulysses is published in February and Proust's In Search of Lost Time begins to be published in England in the autumn. Yet, dismal as their prospects seemed in January, by the end of the year Woolf has started Mrs. Dalloway, Forster has, for the first time in nearly a decade, returned to work on the novel that will become A Passage to India, Lawrence has written Kangaroo, his unjustly neglected and most autobiographical novel, and Eliot has finished--and published to acclaim--"The Waste Land." As Willa Cather put it, "The world broke in two in 1922 or thereabouts," and what these writers were struggling with that year was in fact the invention of modernism. Based on original research, The World Broke in Two captures both the literary breakthroughs and the intense personal dramas of these beloved writers as they strive for greatness."-- Provided by publisher.
"A literary history of the year 1922 in the lives of Virginia Woolf, D.H. Lawrence, E.M. Forster, and T.S. Eliot"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780805094022
Branch Call Number: 823.9109 GOLDSTE
Characteristics: x, 351 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm


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made me wonder: where in all the fiction Huxley wrote, he had written of Eliot, in the disguise of a character. " Vice societies had proliferated across America in the late nineteenth century, to counteract the suppose loosening of moral codes brought on by the evils of urbanization and immigration. Their crusade against immoral literature as an incitement to crime and as a perversion of youth was part of a campaign dedicated to progressive causes, including anti-child labor laws and the elimination of poverty." " Virginia Woolf read Proust again as she was finishing MRS. DALLOWAY." " She was gratified by the nearly universally ecstatic reviews of her last novel." " Lawrence died in March 1930, in France, of tuberculosis. He was 44. A few weeks later, Forster gave a talk about him on the BBC. He ranged widely and generously over the work of a writer he called ' one of the glories of our 20th century literature.' "

Jan 03, 2018

From the first page, l felt like the spouse at a college reunion. There was no context, so l was left on the sidelines.

Nov 11, 2017

Why did I ever think that a book by a writer writing about writers writing to and about themselves and other writers in their circle would in any way be interesting. My reading pace increased geometrically as I skipped more and ever more pages trying to find something interesting, - to no avail.


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