"I wish first to define the sense in which I shall use the term 'man of letters.' I shall mean the writer for whom his writing is primarily an art, who is as much concerned with style as with content; the understanding of whose writings, therefore, depends as much upon appreciation of style as upon comprehension of content. This is primarily the poet (including the dramatic poet), and the writer of prose fiction."
—T. S. Eliot, "The Man of Letters and the Future of Europe"
Sewanee Review 53.3
Happy birthday to T. S. Eliot!