Peter Laurie

Peter Laurie is a peripatetic poet and literary scholar.

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  • Mr. Eliot's Dreams
    August 1, 2019

    Mr. Eliot's Dreams

    T.S. Eliot has become so thoroughly exalted, especially among conservative intellectuals, as the greatest poetic avatar of Western civilization in modern times (a role he must share, though, with Yeats and Pound) that it may shock many to notice the unmistakable oriental elements embedded in even his most overtly Christian works.

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  • November 2000

    The Case for Anonymous Art

    For all of living memory, they have been making this wilderness and calling it art. If you were there in Paris, as I was, for the public sale of the Picasso legacy belonging to the artist's mistress and model Dora Maar, you would know whereof I speak.

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  • October 1997

    The Liechtenstein Academy

    "Courage," said the Philosopher, "is the prime philosophical virtue" (by which he meant the moral kind) "lacking which all the others become irrelevancies one has no nerve to bring oneself to put into practice."

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  • June 1996

    Refuge

    When still relatively small, I sang in a church choir whose quality was the envy of our whole capital city diocese, so that its members, who included a chorus of boy sopranos like myself, were recruited, auditioned, trained, and paid.

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  • Augie Old: The Last Man
    February 1995

    Augie Old: The Last Man

    Saul Bellow's It All Adds Up is his first (and given his age probably his last) collection of nonfiction. Mr. Bellow is close to 80. His introduction suggests a mood of self-reformation, not solemn but tending toward testament. He is said to be at work on a novel.

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  • Madness in Great Ones
    April 1989

    Madness in Great Ones

    The American poet and man of letters John Berryman created in his half-memoir, half-short story "The Imaginary Jew" what is very likely the most powerfully compressed vision of vulgar, visceral racism in our literature.

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  • Mr. Eliot's Dreams
    September 1988

    Mr. Eliot's Dreams

    T.S. Eliot has become so thoroughly exalted, especially among conservative intellectuals, as the greatest poetic avatar of Western civilization in modern times (a role he must share, though, with Yeats and Pound) that it may shock many to notice the unmistakable oriental elements embedded in even his most overtly Christian works.

    Read More
  • Greek Jive
    October 1987

    Greek Jive

    War Music, called by its author, Christopher Logue, an "account" of four books of the Iliad of Homer, is not a minor event. Its reception both in its native England, and now here, has been enthusiastic.

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  • March 1987

    Ezra Pound's 'Language of Eternity'

    What (to ask one bizarrely unfashionable question) is civilization? Set aside geography, climate, genetics, and luck.

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