The Journal of the TS Eliot Society (UK)

The Journal of the T.S. Eliot Society (UK) is a peer-reviewed journal that annually publishes
scholarly essays by leading as well as early career academics.


Journal of the TS Eliot Society 2024

The 2024 edition of The Journal of the TS Eliot Society has been published.

The new edition contains academic essays and notes on subjects ranging from Eliot’s studies in Indian philosophy, his sartorial imagination, and his ‘moment in the rose-garden’,  to his influence on Ralph Ellison and a Law and Literature approach to his plays. Full contents are listed below.

This year’s Journal, our largest ever, is being made open access in  a digital, PDF format. To download a copy, click here.

The Journal is also available as a printed, perfect-bound volume, at £8.00 (+ p&p to your location). To purchase printed copies, e-mail with “Journal Request” in the subject line, providing a physical mailing address. You will receive an e-mailed request for payment by debit card, credit card or PayPal, for a total including postage to your location, and your copy will be mailed upon receipt of payment.

Members of the Society are entitled to a free printed copy of the year’s Journal, and once again this year the Society is also covering the costs of the print version’s postage and packing for members. E-mail with “Journal Request (Member)” in the subject line; quote the members password in your e-mail, and provide a physical mailing address. (Members can also pick up their free copy at the Annual TS Eliot Festival at Little Gidding.)

Contents of the 2024 edition

  • Editorial, by Christopher Southgate, Editor
  • T.S. Eliot’s Sartorial Imagination: Poetry, Fashion and Culture, by Wei Zhou
  • T.S. Eliot’s Inheritance of Gain: The Harvard Curriculum of Indian Philosophy, by Jolly Das
  • Private Investigations: A Law and Literature Approach to T.S. Eliot’s Plays, by Malcolm Harvey
  • How Ralph Ellison Integrated T.S. Eliot, by John Matthew Steinhafel
  • The moment in the rose-garden, by David Ashton
  • The Real Object: Making Sense of Renunciation in Four Quartets, by Adil Khan
  • Extended Review: Lyndall Gordon’s The Hyacinth Girl, by Christopher Southgate


Call for 2025 Journal submissions

Submissions are now being invited for the Journal of the TS Eliot Society (UK) 2025, which is under the editorship of Professor Christopher Southgate (University of Exeter).

The Society’s annual academic Journal is published each summer, and welcomes scholarly essays by early-career as well as leading academics, on subjects related to one or more of TS Eliot’s poetry, plays, criticism, faith, biography, or context. Essays are peer-reviewed and are normally around 6000 words in length, plus references; shorter Notes will also be considered. Deadline is 31st December 2024.

The Journal employs the Notes and Bibliography system described in the Chicago Manual of Style Chapter 14. A summary can be found in the ‘Quick Citation Guide’ of the Chicago Manual. Footnotes will be used. Authors are advised to keep footnotes brief, and not to use notes for argument that should be in the main text.

If you would like to contribute to the 2025 issue, please forward a 300 word abstract or any enquiries to


Back issues

E-mail to inquire whether a back issue is still available: copies are £8 + p&p.


  • Editorial, by our Chair, Paul Keers
  • Sounding Relevant: The Waste Land’s Centenary, by William Davies
  • Emily Hale: The Professor that Eliot Loved, by Sara Fitzgerald
  • A Brief Suggestive Note on Eliot’s Sideline Religion, by Ronald Knox
  • The Four Musical Instruments in T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets, by Vladimir Levchev


  • Editorial, by Editor Dr Scott Freer
  • ‘Because You Are You’: Emily Hale’s Letters, by Sara Fitzgerald
  • Different Voices: Evelyn Waugh and The Waste Land, by William Myers
  • The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock: An Exegesis, by RB Jenkins
  • ‘Centennial’, by Andrew Mitchell
  • Book Reviews: Matthew Geary’s TS Eliot and The Mother, by Scott Freer; Jayme Stayer’s Becoming TS Eliot, by Paul Keers


  • Editorial, by Editor Dr Scott Freer
  • ‘First…Rapture…Then…Revolt’: TS Eliot and Dante Gabriel Rossetti, by DMR Bentley
  • ‘Must I Become After All What You Would Make Me?’: Staging Relationships and Emotional Addictions in The Cocktail Party, by Sara Lo Piano
  • ‘A Deeper Communion’: Eliot and Messiaen on Time and Eternity, by Ryanne J McLaren
  • Reaching into the Silence: Representing the Transcendent in Four Quartets, by Dan Satterthwaite


  • Baudelaire and Moréas’s Symbolisme in TS Eliot’s The Waste Land, by Robert Gillespie of Blackhall, OBE
  • Reconsidering Emily Hale, by Sara Fitzgerald, author of The Poet’s Girl: A Novel of Emily Hale and T.S. Eliot,
  • ‘Where shall the word be found’: TS. Eliot Nearing the Post-Secular, by Charika Swanepoel,
  • Book Review: Jeremy Diaper’s T.S. Eliot and Organicism, by Scott Freer


  • The Waste Land Today (2019) – William Myers
  • ‘A minority of the bookish’? Identifying TS Eliot’s early readers – Benedict Jones-Williams
  • Mat Collishaw and Julian Peters – interviews with the artists by Scott Freer
  • TS Eliot’s Dialectical Imagination by Jewel Spears Brooker; and The Letters of TS Eliot Vol 8: 1836-1930, ed. John Haffenden – book reviews by Jaron Murphy


  • Pain, Cruelty, Humiliation: T.S. Eliot’s Poetry of Violence and Reprisal, by Michael Levenson
  • ‘The magic of verse’: Incantation in the Poetry of T.S. Eliot, by Barry Spurr
  • T.S. Eliot’s Legacy in China, by Qiang Huang
  • “Mr. Eliot has Re-Discovered a Portrait of Himself”: Reframing Wyndham Lewis’s Rejected Masterpiece in the 21st Century, by Jaron Murphy
  • Book & Event Reviews by Matthew Geary & Mary Ann Lund


  • “Hello, Hello, are you there?”: Theatrics of Place in Eliot’s Poetry, by Tony Sharpe
  • TS Eliot and British Organicism: Food, Health and Nutrition, by Jeremy Diaper
  • TS Eliot’s Coriolanus: ‘Mandarins’ to ‘The Blameless Sister of Publicola’, by Matthew Geary
  • “Book Reviews by John Caperon, Chris Joyce and Scott Freer


  • TS Eliot: The Playwright and the Critic, by Michael J Collins
  • Ash Wednesday and the penitence of Western philosophy, by Graham Pechey
  • From ‘There’ to ‘Here’: Eternity Incarnated in Time, by Atsuko Tamaguchi


  • TS Eliot’s Hat Trick in The Waste Land, by David Liston
  • Tarantula and the Possum: on the Friendship of John Hayward and TS Eliot, by John Smart
  • TS Eliot’s Combined Personae as Tiresias-Narcissus in The Waste Land and their relation to the ‘objective correlative’, by Emily Bilman
  • Dust in Sunlight: the Incarnation of the Word in A Song for Simeon, by Graham Pechey


  • TS Eliot’s Christian Society and the current political crisis, by Rowan Williams
  • What might have been and what has been”: Eliot’s search for perfection, by Lyndall Gordon
  • “Things that other people have desired”: the contexts of TS Eliot’s Portrait of A Lady, by Alex Wylie
  • Why East Coker is still shocking, by Megan Quigley
  • Time as a likeness of eternity in Burnt Norton, by Atsuko Yamaguchi


  • The Use of memory: Eliot, Andrewes and the Redemption of Time, by Malcolm Guite
  • Noctes Binanianae: Eliot, Hayward and the Bina Gardens Circle, by John Smart
  • Narcissus and a Trust Fund: TS Eliot and George Barker, by Leo Mellor
  • Eliot’s Ellipsis: History and Hypergrammar in Rannoch, by Glencoe, by Graham Pechey
  • Homage to Eliot by RJ Owens
  • The Poet in statu pupillari: 1908-1912 by Geoffrey Curtis with Geoffrey Hines


  • Eliot and Earth, by Steve Ellis
  • A Note on Eliot’s Social Conscience, by Rachel Blakemore
  • TS Eliot and Anglo-Catholicism, by Michael Yelton
  • Ash Wednesday: some seasonal reflections, by Graham Pechey
  • Religion and Poetry in Eliot, by Jim Corrigall
  • Shafts of Sunlight, by Jeanette Winterson
  • Who is Sweeney, what is he? by Michael Gould
  • Review: Servotte and Grene’s Annotations to TS Eliot’s Four Quartets, by David Jasper


  • The Consciousness of the Writing Self in TS Eliot and Paul Valery, by Emily Bilman
  • Sometime Schoolmasters All: Frank McEachren and TS Eliot – and a few others, by John Bridgen
  • TS Eliot and Lady Lilian Rothermere, by Michael Gould
  • Eliot the Linguist of The Waste Land, a Mexican Girl and the Bite of a Snake, by Park Honan
  • Great Tom and Compayne Gardens, by Audrey Whiting




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