Those who saw Sweeney A done by the Group Theatre in 1934 saw the
"Crippen" motif. I believe Desmond MacCarthy as well as V. Woolf
commented on this.
You will recall the lengthy exchange on Crippen on this list a few years
ago. I believe it was David Chinitz who pointed out that the Crippen
thing was a music-hall turn, and I located the "O Miss LeNeve" song that
was very popular well after 1910, and was even known on the Continent.
TSE would certainly have heard about it, as he was in Paris and London in
At 04:00 AM 6/2/2001 EDT, you wrote:
<excerpt><bold><fontfamily><param>Arial Narrow</param>Jim Loucks,
You had mentioned a while back about Eliot going to a costume party
</fontfamily></bold>as Crippen. Is this the only instance where he's know
to have shown an
interest in Crippen?
Also, I just noticed C was hanged in 1910. But Gordon has the costume
in 1939...twenty-nine years later. Did people just have better memories
those days? Sounds like a silly question, but I'm serious. When I ask
what the big scandals were twenty-nine years ago (1972), I find that I
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