T. S. Eliot and Organicism provides the first comprehensive account of Eliot’s preoccupation with agrarianism, organicism, and the environment. Jeremy Diaper elucidates and contextualizes several facets of Eliot’s organic thinking, ranging from composting and soil fertility, to regionalism, nutrition, and culinary skills. This book offers environmental readings of Eliot’s poetry and plays and demonstrates that agrarian concerns emerge as a notable theme; it also analyzes Eliot’s prose to illuminate his engagement with the key environmental debates of the 1930s–1950s.
“The most valuable part of T. S. Eliot and Organicism is its thorough trawling through the files of the New English Weekly and the Christian News-Letter, two publications which Eliot supported and contributed to, especially once the Criterion had closed. This yields ample evidence of parallels between that of Eliot’s work and a number of prominent writers on agriculture and its place in a good society.” —Stefan Collini, The Times Literary Supplement