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Eliot made the statement about Prufrock as a man of forty and also himself
in an interview given in 1962. Southam refers to it, but he is not quite clear
because Eliot did not, in the interview, use the words "split personality."
Nonetheless, Eliot was looking back and describing what he meant at the
time, and at the time of the poem he would have been himself about 22 or
23 because the poem was completed in 1910-11. He says the "young man
carbuncular" is "twenty-one" in the facsimile where the description is longer
and has many more details. Also, the carbuncular young man is a "house
agent's" clerk, not a bank clerk--hardly likely to be a very good position and