Lead item on our website this month is the renewal of Society membership for 2016/17. Membership runs from September to September each year, and so renewng now ensures a full year of benefits.
Those benefits include discounts and special access for events organised by the Society, such as the Annual TS Eliot Lecture, and the TS Eliot Festival, as well as Member-only offers which have included other event and book discounts. Members receive a free copy of our academic Journal, as well as a quarterly newsletter on Eliot-related matters. And the Members Only area of our website is used to request information and develop projects among Eliot enthusiasts, academics and scholars.
(Please note that this monthly update, on news, publications, events and other material via the website, is a service for members only, and that only those with 2016/17 membership will receive it from next month.)
You can renew your membership online via our dedicated page, http://www.eliotsociety.org.uk/membership/
In News this month there is a link to a fascinating historical research article, “The sack that never happened: Little Gidding, puritan soldiers, and the making of a myth“. Independent scholar Trevor Cooper argues that “In his poem Little Gidding, T. S. Eliot used this shutting down of the Ferrars’ religious life to contrast worldly failure with the permanence of spiritual values, and the violent closure of Little Gidding and the destruction of the house is generally seen as emblematic of the religious disputes of the 1640s.” Cooper argues that the sack never happened, and that many of the supporting elements of the story are also imaginary.
And in Events, there is a production of Murder in the Cathedral, to be staged in the atmospheric surroundings of Potrsmouth Cathedral on the 1st and 2nd of October.
Do make sure you renew your membership in time to receive next month’s update.