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Wilson, a.n.
A N Wilson

BBC Four Preview Screening: Return to Eliotland

A N Wilson

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

4:00pm

1 hour

Worcester College: Lecture Theatre

£7 - £12.50

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Novelist and biographer A N Wilson discusses his new film, an investigation into perhaps the most complex and compelling writer in modern literature – and the poet he confesses speaks more to him than any other – T S Eliot, and presents some clips.

Wilson travels through the real and imagined country that informed Eliot’s distinctive poetic vision. He visits the physical places that shaped Eliot’s inner world and inspired his greatest poems including the America of his childhood and student days, Oxford where he met his first wife Vivien, the London and Margate of The Waste Land, and the Cotswold manor house, Burnt Norton, and the Somerset hamlet, East Coker, which provided key settings for his last great work, Four Quartets. Wilson confronts head-on Eliot’s reputation as a writer who is rarely easy-reading but whose self-confessed “obligation to explore, to find words for the inarticulate” prompted, Wilson argues, some of the most rewarding poetry ever written.

Wilson is a prolific novelist and biographer. His novels include Winnie and Wolf and Resolution, and his non-fiction work includes Dante in Love, Tolstoy, The Victorians, C S Lewis: A Biography, and Charles Darwin, Victorian Mythmaker.

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FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival 2018 partners & sponsors

FT Weekend Title partner University of Oxford HSBC Global banking partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner Worcester College Worcester College: Festival college partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner BBC World Service International radio partner BBC Four Television Broadcast media partner British Academy HM Government of Gibraltar Festival green room sponsor Gibunco Group Sponsor of Gibraltar Lecture Galileo Foundation Italian Cultural Institute Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller Ian and Carol Sellars allmanhall Lady Hatch Emily Rose and James Marrow George Warren Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design Marshall Maserati Festival courtesy cars The Macdonald Randolph Hotel The festival hotel Eynsham Hall Royds Withy King Lawyers to the festival Said Business School Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies New College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Cross College St Cross College Corpus Christi College The Queen’s College The Queen's College St John’s College St John's College Jesus College Hertford College Exeter College Exeter College St Hilda’s College Keble College Keble College Oxford University Press Princeton University Press Oxford Brookes University Oxford Cultural Collective K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography Ashmolean Museum Floris of London University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office The Oxford Times Regional media partner BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner Macdonald Bear Hotel Conference Oxford Critchleys Liaison Financial Services The Litmus Partnership British Humanist Association The Sheldonian Theatre Felicity Bryan Associates The Royal Society of Literature Oxford University Museum of Natural History The Story Museum Oxford City Council City Audio Visual OX magazine