The Entire Corpus of T. S. Eliot

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In 1948, when T. S. Eliot was heading to Stockholm, Sweden to receive the Nobel Prize, an American reporter asked which of his books did they award the Nobel Prize for.

“I believe it’s given for the entire corpus,” Eliot replied.

“And when did you publish that?” the reporter said.

“It really might make a good title for a mystery — The Entire Corpus,” Eliot said.


Allen Tate, T. S. Eliot: The Man and his Works, 1967


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8 Responses to The Entire Corpus of T. S. Eliot

  1. “Corpus” means body. One’s body of work or as Foucault said, “oeuvre.” “The language of literature is not defined by what it says, nor by the structures that make it signify something, but that it has a being, and that it is about that being that it should be questioned,” p. 548, The History of Madness.


  2. MOMENTS says:

    This is good, so funny! I did not know about it. Love T.S.Eliot’s poetry. I have a friend who is the greatest Eliot fan. Will send this to him. BTW, many thanks for the follow. It is highly appreciated.


  3. Very comical, although I’m sure the comedy would be doubly wasted on the reporter 🤣


  4. This account is proof that Journalism has not progressed in the last 60 years. An illustration of the difference between a reporter and a writer. You are the best.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. David Redpath says:

    A body of work, face down
    in the library (where the
    dictionary is kept).
    Of course, the butler
    did it.

    Liked by 4 people

  6. Hilarious! Thanks for the fun fact!

    Liked by 2 people

  7. equinoxio21 says:

    That was seventy years ago. Today’s journalists would probably not know how to spell “corpus”.

    Liked by 1 person

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