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Hello, I am a new user to Brenau Library online, today my search took me from "How to Read a Poem" tab, to Sage Journals. I clicked on a link but it said to "click here for access" when I clicked that it asked to sign into Athens with password and user name  or enter Organisation?  Is this legit? It's spelled wrong, I logged out because it didn't seem right.

Judy Olsen

Answered By: Linda Kern
Last Updated: Mar 13, 2017     Views: 4

First, we have a little bit of criticism that we have on "Aunt Helen". You may find this print source useful.

Murphy, Russell E. Critical Companion to T.S. Eliot : A Literary Reference to His Life and Work. New York: Facts On File, 2007. Print. Facts on File library of American literature; Facts on File library of American literature.

We also have this eBook:

Raine, Craig. T.S. Eliot. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006. Web. Lives and legacies; Lives and legacies.

For the remainder, normally I'd tell you where and how I searched, so you can do it your self and retrieve results. Unfortunately, this was a long search of just about everything, returning only a couple of relevant results.

Before we get to Victorian England, you may want to look a little closer to home. T. S. Eliot in Context, edited by Jason Harding, has a chapter entitled New England. It discusses Eliot's New England roots, and mentions "Aunt Helen" as a satire of Boston society. This information may also help you. We don't have the book, but the whole chapter is available on Google books.

Relating to the Brahmins, I searched many sources and came up with a few relevant results. The book Elite Families: Class and Power in Nineteenth-Century Boston may have a bit of useful information. Again, I refer you to Google Books which has the first 33 pages, and to Amazon which has the introduction, which sums up the whole book, which started its life as a Harvard a thesis or dissertation.

I searched our databases and found one article that might also be useful: The Cultural Construction of Self and Well-Being: A Tale of Two Cities. The article asks the question "Does local context (e.g., city of residence) matter for self and well-being?" Not relevant, right? Except that one of the cities is Boston and it has a historical analysis of its culture. Some time we have to dig deep.

For Victorian England, go back to the Poem guide and use the Brenau Discovery Search. Search victorian AND england AND culture. Be sure to include the ANDs. You will see loads of results on all things cultural. One of the best might be the ebook Tucker, Herbert F. New Companion to Victorian Literature and Culture. Somerset, GB: Wiley-Blackwell, 2014. ProQuest ebrary. Web. 13 March 2017.

Good luck with your research!


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