Craig Raine

T.S. Eliot’s preoccupations in wartime Britain

The poet’s concern with the shortage of basic goods, including lavatory paper and batteries, emerges in the latest volume of letters, covering 1939-41

T.S. Eliot. [Getty Images]

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