T. S. Eliot in 1923, by Lady Ottoline Morrell

IThe Living Moment: Modernism in a Broken World, the literary critic Jeffrey Hart traces the efforts of a small but influential group of poets and novelists who sought to create a new cultural order following the chaotic aftermath of World War I. Their efforts came together in a new movement whose legacy is still with us today—literary modernism. The cultural fallout of the war—its devastation—was immense. The traditional order of nineteenth-century Europe had been blown to bits. “The First World War inaugurated the manufacture of mass death...

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