T.S. Eliot & Lancelot Andrewes

21st May 2015 19:00
Southwark Cathedral
London Bridge, London, SE1 9DA
To mark the 50th anniversary of his death, Poet in the City and Southwark Cathedral are delighted to present an event in celebration of T.S. Eliot and the Elizabethan cleric Lancelot Andrewes (1555-1626).

T.S. Eliot is one of the most influential figures in poetry and literary criticism in the English-speaking world, with a legacy of work that has continued to have a profound impact on poetry today. Eliot drew inspiration from rich poetic sources in his radical and innovative approach to language. His conversion to orthodox Christianity midway through his life, and its resulting impact on his work, coincides with his discovery of one of the most dynamic orators in the English language, Lancelot Andrewes.

In the heart of the Cathedral, burial place of Andrewes, we explore his transformational influence on the life and work of one of the great pioneers of modernism.

Featuring Peter McCullough, Lyndall Gordon and Mark Ford. 

‘In this extraordinary prose…there are often flashing phrases which never desert the memory. In an age of adventure and experiment in language, Andrewes is one of the most resourceful of authors in his devices for seizing the attention and impressing the memory.’  T.S.Eliot

Peter McCullough is Professor of English Literature at Lincoln College, Oxford and is editing the current Oxford edition of The Sermons of John Donne. He is author of Lancelot Andrewes: Selected Sermons and Lectures (Oxford 2005) and is currently writing the new biography of Lancelot Andrewes for Oxford University Press.

Lyndall Gordon is an award-winning author of six biographies, including The Imperfect Life of T.S.Eliot and Lives Like Loaded Guns: Emily Dickinson and Her Family's Feuds. She has also written two memoirs, most recently Divided Lives: Dreams of a Mother and Daughter. Lyndall is a senior research fellow at St Hilda's College, Oxford, and a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature

 Mark Ford is a poet and Professor of English Literature at UCL. His most recent collections Soft Sift (2001) and Six Children (2011) both published by Faber. Other works include Mr and Mrs Stevens and Other Essays, a collection of reviews and essays (2011) and the anthology London: A History in Verse (2012).
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