When T. S. Eliot summed up his life’s work in 1963, two years before he died, it was in a Collected Poems of fewer than 250 pages. But when Christopher Ricks and I published The Poems of T. S. Eliot last year, the two volumes ran to some two thousand pages. Where did the other 1,750 pages come from? What is this new edition, and what does it mean to “edit” poetry anyway? … [Read more...]
About Jim McCue
Jim McCue is a freelance editor and speaker. The Poems of T. S. Eliot is published in two volumes by Faber & Faber.