A selection of the most significant and enduring poems from one of the twentieth century’s major writers, chosen and introduced by Vijay Seshadri, performed by T.S. Eliot, Vijay Seshadri, Daniel Halpern, Willem Dafoe, Natasha Trethewey, Meghan O'Rourke, Natalie Diaz, Frank Bidart, Joy Harjo, Rosanna Warren, Emily Jungmin Yoon, Tracy K. Smith, Nicole Sealey, Jorie Graham, Kevin Young, Louise Glück, Eileen Myles, Carol Muske-Dukes, Campbell McGrath, Robert Hass, and Monica Youn.
T.S. Eliot was a towering figure in twentieth century literature, a renowned poet, playwright, and critic whose work—including “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” (1915), The Waste Land (1922), Four Quartets (1943), and Murder in the Cathedral (1935)—continues to be among the most-read and influential in the canon of American literature.
The Essential T.S. Eliot collects Eliot’s most lasting and important poetry in one career-spanning audiobook, with an introduction from Vijay Seshadri, one of our foremost poets.
PERFORMER TABLE OF CONTENTS
Introduction by Vijay Seshadri: Vijay Seshadri
La Figlia che Piange: T.S. Eliot
Portrait of a Lady: Daniel Halpern
Preludes: T.S. Eliot
Rhapsody on a Windy Night: Meghan O'Rourke
Mr. Apollinax: Natalie Diaz
The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock: Frank Bidart
Gerontion: Joy Harjo
Dans le Restaurant: Rosanna Warren
Whispers of Immortality: Emily Jungmin Yoon
The Waste Land: Willem Dafoe and Tracy K. Smith
The Hollow Men: Nicole Sealey
Ash Wednesday: Jorie Graham
Marina: Kevin Young
Journey of the Magi: Louise Gluck
Coriolan: Eileen Myles
Choruses from “The Rock”: I, III, IV, VII: Carol Muske-Dukes (III, VII) and Natasha Trethewey (I, IV)
Old Deuteronomy: Campbell McGrath
Sweeney Agonistes: Vijay Seshadri and Rosanna Warren
From Four Quartets: Burnt Norton; Little Gidding: Robert Hass
Tradition and Individual Talent: Monica Youn
Text from Collected Poems, 1909-1962:Copyright 1930, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1963 by T.S. Eliot; Copyright 1954, 1956, 1959, 1963 by Thomas Stearns Eliot; Copyright renewed 1958, 1962, 1964 by Thomas Stearns Eliot; Copyright 1934, 1936 by Harcourt Brace & Company; Copyright 1948 by Faber & Faber Limited; Copyright renewed 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1982, 1984, 1991 by Esme Valerie Eliot; Text from Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats: Copyright 1939 by T.S. Eliot; Copyright renewed 1967 by Esme Valerie Eliot.