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The Ariel Poems

T. S. Eliot

The Ariel poems: Illustrated poems for Christmas, by T. S. Eliot, is a beautiful Christmas gift hardback celebrating the best of the Faber and Faber archive.

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A cherished part of his oeuvre, the ‘Ariel Poems’ of T. S. Eliot were originally commissioned for a pamphlet series of the same name that first ran between 1927 and 1931. (‘Nobody else seemed to want the title afterward,’ said Eliot of the series, ‘so I kept it for myself.’) That pamphlet series inventively paired an unpublished poem by a leading writer of the day with new artwork from an eminent artist. Thomas Hardy, Siegfried Sassoon, Barnett Freedman and John Nash were among the contributors to the first set, which broadly carried a Christmas theme and which sold for one shilling. The publisher’s hope was that the pamphlets might double-up as greeting cards, and Eliot himself sent them as festive gifts to the writers on Faber’s poetry list.

This handsome new publication brings together, for the first time in a single edition, the six poems that T. S. Eliot wrote for the series, and in so doing restores them to the company of the artworks that originally partnered them.

Critic Reviews

Elegant gift edition of Eliot's Illustrated Poems for Christmas which reproduces for the first time these half-a-dozen fine visionary monologues alongside their original artwork.

Jeremy Noel-Tod, Sunday Telegraph
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an obvious contender for gift of the year [...] it is certainly a beautiful thing.

Jonathan Gibbs, The Independent
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[A] seasonal candidate ... six illustrated poems for Christmas collected for the first time in a single volume, between festive red covers.

Daily Telegraph
T. S.Eliot

Thomas Stearns Eliot, poet, critic, publisher, was born in St Louis, Missouri, in 1888. He settled in England in 1915, where for a few years he worked in the foreign section of Lloyds Bank. His first book of poems, Prufrock and Other Observations, was published in 1917. In 1922, he became editor of the literary journal, The Criterion, publishing The Waste Land in its first…

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