T.S. Eliot and Virginia Woolf in The New Criterion

The January 1926 issue of The New Criterion was a momentous publication. As the first issue under new publishers and the first to append New to the journal’s title, it signaled a turning point for editor T.S. Eliot. The issue featured articles by an array of crucial literary Modernists: Eliot himself, Virginia Woolf, D.H. Lawrence, Gertrude Stein, Aldous Huxley, Jean Cocteau, and others. The primary intent of this blog is to provide two of the most significant of these articles, Woolf’s “On Being Ill” and Eliot’s “The Idea of a Literary Review” as a downloadable, searchable PDF file. These articles are offered in the hopes of contributing to easy digital access of essential Modernist texts; they are presented here as primary sources, in a manner that seeks to emulate their original print incarnation. This blog also provides alternative forms in which to read the articles, and hopes to offer some useful context about them.

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