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 could be of unique price to lecturers of all educational degrees and to college and school scholars at domestic and overseas.
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Unable to work because of the noise in his Crawford Street neighbourhood, and anxious to escape to congenial surroundings To The Waste Land 23 for the wntmg of something more important than The Sacred Wood, Eliot had spent much time looking for a new flat, a search which culminated in the move to 9 Clarence Gate Gardens near Regent's Park in October. During the weeks that followed Vivienne spent most of her time nursing her father; when he was out of danger she collapsed and had to be placed in a nursing-home.
With Robert Speaight as Becket, the performance in the chapter house (not far from the spot where Becket was murdered) won Years of Growing Fame 45 such acclaim that the play was staged at the Mercury Theatre, Notting Hill Gate, where, after being hailed by the critic for The Times as ' the one great play by a contemporary dramatist now to be seen in England', it ran for seven months. For more than a year after this it ran successfully in London (at the Mercury, the Duchess, the Old Vic) and the provinces, before being taken to the States, where it was performed in Boston and New York .
At Princeton he met Paul Elmer More, a very different type of person, a shy elderly scholar with theological leanings who came from St Louis . They did not correspond frequently, but were not averse to discussing their spiritual lives; Eliot, who thought they had much in common, told him he believed in the existence of Hell, and (an addition which suggests a strange illogical arbitrariness) in hell on earth for those who do not believe in the after-life. How much he suffered, or how indifferent he had become , as he returned to England at the end ofJune 1933, is a matter for conjecture; he had made arrangement not to return to his wife and to avoid seeing her as completely as possible.
A T. S. Eliot Companion: Life and Works by F. B. Pinion