A T. S. Eliot Companion: Life and Works by F. B. Pinion

By F. B. Pinion

Aiming to supply a accomplished survey of the paintings, poetry and prose of the poet T.S.Eliot (1888-1965), this article might be of certain price to lecturers of all educational degrees and to college and faculty scholars at domestic and in a foreign country.

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Another friendship which had developed was with I. A. Richards of Magdalene College, Cambridge, a lecturer whose main interests were English literature and the psychology of criticism. They first met in 1920, when Richards was full of admiration for Ara Vas Prec, He visited Eliot at the bank, and found him bending over a large table 'covered with all sorts and sizes of foreign correspondence', in a small basement room with a skylight of thick green glass squares in the pavement, over which the heels of passers-by seemed to be hammering without stop.

In the meantime, with a heavy weight on his conscience, he was enjoying himself as much as he could in Boston; his mother had died in 1929, but he had many relatives to whom he could turn, particularly Henry and his wife Theresa at Cambridge. He ma y have discussed his marital plight with them and others, perhaps with his friend and correspondent Emily Hale, whom he met several times . At Harvard he had rooms in Eliot House, founded in honour of one of his distant relatives who had been President of the Un iversity; he held open tea parties, met students once a week, and made a number of professorial friends , including Theodore Spencer and John Livingston Lowes.

The prospect filled him with dread; he felt that, if he gave up his professional post, financial worry and journalistic toil would soon reduce him to a worse state. He did not comply with his 24 A T . S. Eliot Companion doctor's orders, but invited Vivienne to remain with him as long as she could at the Albemarle Hotel, Cliftonville, near Margate, where they stayed three weeks. Then, in November, on the advice of Ottoline Morrell, with reassurances from Julian Huxley, he set off to Switzerland, Vivienne accompanying him as far as Paris, where she stayed for a time with the Pounds.

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