The Elder Statesman

by  T.S. Eliot

Full Length Play, Drama  /  5m, 3f

Written in free verse, this drawing room drama by the poet and author of The Cocktail Party and Murder In The Cathedral is a revealing character study of one man who has loved not wisely but perhaps too well. Lord Claverton, celebrated and respected in society exerts considerable …

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The Elder Statesman

by  T.S. Eliot

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    5m, 3f
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    The playwright was a winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature

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Written in free verse, this drawing room drama by the poet and author of The Cocktail Party and Murder In The Cathedral is a revealing character study of one man who has loved not wisely but perhaps too well. Lord Claverton, celebrated and respected in society exerts considerable influence especially over his devoted daughter Monica which angers her beau, Charles. Forced by illness into early retirement, Lord Claverton receives two unexpected visitors-a now dissolute former student and an ex-lover, a wealthy granddame, both of who were led astray in youth by Claverton himself. As these ghosts of his past converge, Claverton is led to a spiritual renewal and dies knowing his daughter will lead a more illuminated life with her husband-to-be.
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T.S. Eliot

Thomas Stearns Eliot (1888-1965) was born in St. Louis, Missouri, of an old New England family. He was educated at Harvard and did graduate work in philosophy at the Sorbonne, Harvard, and Merton College, Oxford. He settled in England, where he was for a time a schoolmaster and a bank clerk, and eventu ...

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