Time Present: The Newsletter of the International T. S. Eliot Society

The Eliot family’s summer-house at Eastern Point in Gloucester, Massachusetts

Nominations Request

The Society seeks nominations for two seats on the Board—those presently held by Vincent Sherry and Aakanksha Virkar. These are three-year positions, running from July 1, 2023 to June 30, 2026. Elected members are expected to attend the annual conference of the Society, at which the Board meeting is held, and to take on other tasks in service to the Society. Nominations and self-nominations should be sent to the Supervisor of Elections, Jayme Stayer (jayme.stayer@gmail.com) by January 31, 2023. Candidates with five or more nominations will appear on the spring ballot. Members may also make nominations for honorary membership and for distinguished service awards. These nominations should be made to the President, John Whittier-Ferguson, by August 1, 2023.

Essays and Reviews

edited by Patrick Query

The Waste Land at 50 at 50

by Matthew Kilbane

Insights occasioned by anniversaries come laced with special forms of blindness . . . [more]

Modernist Objects Review

Review of Noëlle Cuny and Xavier Kalck (eds.), Modernist Objects (Clemson, SC: Clemson University Press, 2020).

by Sean Mark

This sprightly and eclectic collection of essays, edited by Noëlle Cuny and Xavier Kalck, seeks to place objects—“how they emerge or withdraw, what they do to us, what status can be assigned to them” (8)—at the very heart of modernism, and deepen our understanding of modernism through them. . . . [more]

Postmodern Poetry and Ragtime

by Larry Melton

It is significant that T.S. Eliot and Scott Joplin lived in St. Louis at the same time. In fact knowing of Eliot’s fascination with English Music Hall entertainment in the Ragtime Era causes me to think he must have been introduced to syncopation back in St. Louis as he was growing up—perhaps even by Scott Joplin himself. . . . [more]