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T. S. Eliot’s Parisian Year$
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Nancy Duvall Hargrove

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780813034010

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813034010.001.0001

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T. S. Eliot’s Parisian Year

Nancy Duvall Hargrove

University Press of Florida

Although Eliot was principally drawn to Parisian high culture offerings, he also took advantage of being away from home and was also able to immerse himself in the more liberal environment of popular culture. Beginning in about 1905, this type of entertainment grew significantly in popularity because of the reduced working hours of those in the lower classes as well as greater access and improved transportation. The diversity of popular entertainment reflected the new modern urban life as it included several new sights, sounds, and patterns. This chapter reconstructs the complexity of light entertainment through drawing attention to melodramas, music halls, fairs and exhibits, circuses, dance halls, cinema, cabarets-artistiques, and cafés-concerts. Also, focus is given to specific shows and performers and the chapter looks at how these influenced Eliot's critical and literary works.

Keywords:   popular culture, popular entertainment, lower class, modern urban life, melodramas, cabarets-artistiques, cafés-concerts

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