Since Eliot's letters were not available when Freedman wrote, he did not
get his facts straight.
See Eliot's letter to Hesse of 13 March 1922. He wrote first and noted that
he had read Blick Ins Chaos on his recent trip to Switzerland. He praised
Hesse highly and asked to publish his work. "I find in your BLICK INS
CHAOS a seriousness the like of which has not yet occurred in England
and I am keen to spread the reputation of the book."
Stephen Hudson translated the section called "The Brother's Karamazov--
The Downfall of Europe" and it was published in the Dial in June 1922 on
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Nancy Gish wrote:
> I think these may not be opposing points, but Eliot was extremely aware
> of the condition of Europe, not least from reading Hesse while at
> Lauzanne and being very impressed with it.
I think (but I'm not sure) that Eliot read Hesse's 'Blick ins Chaos'
earlier and then wrote Hesse. At any rate, here are some notes I took
Hermann Hesse: Pilgrim of Crisis, a Biography
Pantheon Books, NY
Copyright 1978 Ralph Freedman
Eliot's interest in Hesse was largely confined to "Gazing into Chaos."
Eliot visited Hesse in Montagnola while TSE was in Switzerland. HH wrote
to TSE 2 months previously (in French) to extend an invitation. Eliot
published "On Recent German Poetry," one of the essays in
"Blick ins Chaos," in his first edition of "The Criterion" (Oct. 1922.)
TSE had only a vague memory of the meeting with Hesse. Hesse never
anything on Eliot. Hesses' view could never have appealled to Eliot's