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Clive Wilmer says recent attacks on TS Eliot have been disproportionate and ignore the ubiquity of anti-Semitism before the Holocaust. Eliot was a man of his times

Every so often an academic controversy spills out into the public arena and becomes an urgent matter of concern. One thinks of CP Snow and FR Leavis and the two cultures, or Stephen Hawking and the mind of God. It is healthy that this should happen; too often the arts and sciences are removed from the real issues of life.

TS Eliot, Anti-Semitism and Literary Form by Anthony Julius is an abstruse work of literary criticism; it would have gone unnoticed if it had not so painfully exposed the dividing line between art and morality. Eliot is regarded as the…

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