BOOK REVIEW / Paperbacks: T S Eliot and Prejudice - Christopher Ricks: Faber, pounds 7.99

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Passionate defence of the author of 'The rats are underneath the piles / The Jew is underneath the lot'. Ricks does not deny the uglier touches in Eliot, but he makes us look at them exactingly, without lazy prejudice or rabble-rousing. And he points to Eliot's deeper enterprise - an enlargement of tolerance and understanding. Bracing, provocative, precise.