Bloom doesn't name Eliot for the exact reasons detailed in _anxiety of
influence_. To admit the father is sort of like resurrecting him. It's
the same reason that Milton "hates" Shakespeare and that Plath never
I guess it all comes down to professional envy.
When Peter Pocklington of the Edmonton Oilers
sold Wayne Gretzky and promptly got himself labelled
the stupidest man in all of Canadian history, he said
words to the effect that he knew Gretzky was a super-
star, but he had realised Gretzky was an icon.
Eliot, pure and simple, is an icon, as sure as Shakespeare
or Milton or Wordsworth &c. None the less he gets short
shrift in a lot of English depts and circles as just
another good poet, not worthy of special attention.
Personally I suspect his becoming a Christian has a
lot to do with it. The anti-Christian sediments in
academia are a wonder to behold.
BTW, did good old uncle Ezra make the list?
Surely he was deranged enough.