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# Was T.S. Eliot a great letter writer? Not on the evidence gathered in

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Was T.S. Eliot a great letter writer? Not on the evidence gathered in a recently emerged folio of letters penned during his tenure as the chief editor of?Criterion, a once popular literary publication. Although we are offered a vivid picture of the single-handed daily management of a high-minded literary magazine, few of the?Criterion?letters are riveting or revelatory, and they are couched in a scrupulously courteous register that becomes wearisome when read in quantity. But the dazzling roster of correspondents makes even the most humdrum exchanges of interest. The big names - Wyndham Lewis, Ezra Pound, Virginia Woolf and W B Yeats - are well represented, along with an illustrious cast of literary worthies from Auden (his first appearance in the letters being a courteous rejection note) to Gertrude Stein (another rejection, rather less courteous), Robert Graves (a quarrel) and Thomas McGreevy, Criterion contributor and close friend of Samuel Beckett, whose recently published letters vie with Eliot's as essential purchases for anyone with an interest in modern writing.

1. What aspect of Eliot’s letter writing does the author specifically address?

A.Their formality
B.Their multifacetedness
C. Their expansive scope
D. Their renown
E.Their superficiality

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The big names - Wyndham Lewis, Ezra Pound, Virginia Woolf and W B Yeats - are well represented..... From this line we can eliminate options B and E.
Clearly D is out of scope.

Now between A and C.

Elliot's letter along with the published letters of others is an essential purchase for anyone having an interest in modern writing. But the question is pertained only to Elliot's letters. Well we may relate expansive scope to modern writing but the author doesn't single out Elliot's letter alone to have an expansive scope. He mentions a bunch of them as essential. We can eliminate C for this reason.

Only option A remains. The author addresses the style of writing in Elliot's letters

I may not be 100% correct in my explanation, but this was my line of thinking.
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"they are couched in a scrupulously courteous register that becomes wearisome when read in quantity"

That line is saying they are extremely courteous which you can take to mean formal. So A.
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01 Jan 2019, 20:46

+1 kudos to the posts containing answer explanations of all questions

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02 Jan 2019, 01:48
so hard vocab couldn't understand... was confused between A and C...and chose C.
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02 Jan 2019, 01:59
along with an illustrious cast

isn't that option D?
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2 mins 27 sec .. couldn't get it. Have never seen an RC with only a single question before, interesting.

Summary:
Talks a bunch about TS Elliot's letters - are they as good as everyone projects them. How were they written? Who all were a part of the correspondence and along with another writer Thomas McGreevy's creation they are in contention to be essential reading for anyone with an interest in modern writing.

This is a detail question with a not so direct reference in the passage - we need to be able to spot the scrupulously courteous and relate it back to being formal in a very detailed way. A long shot for anyone in a hurry to solve the question.
What aspect of Eliot’s letter writing does the author specifically address?

A. Their formality Bingo - this is the direct translation of the above words and hence the right answer
B. Their multifacetedness Could be true since they form an essential read for anyone interested in writing but not as direct as (A)
C. Their expansive scope TRAP one might think that since there is a correspondence with such long list of well-established writers that the scope of the letters could be expansive, however, this is not the case. Since the author does not specifically address this, this option is incorrect. As the question is asking for a specific address by the author. Very smart.
D. Their renown TRAP for the same reasons as mentioned above
E.Their superficiality WRONG - irrelevant and out of scope.

Tough options for the single question passage.
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28 Jan 2019, 13:23
My question may sound ridiculous...
The author addresses several things, but what does actually "formality" mean in this context ?

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