In a message dated Fri, 11 Jan 2002 1:07:49 PM Eastern Standard Time, Rickard A Parker <[log in to unmask]> writes:
> Tom K. wrote:
> > I'll note that Eliot's famous description of him self as "a classicist
> > in literature, a royalist in politics and an Anglo-Catholic in
> > religion"
> Are you sure this isn't a misquotation Tom? I've found something
> slightly different:
> ... da conhecida profiss=E3o de f=E9 do autor - "a classicist in
> literature, a royalist in politics, and an Anglo-Saxon in
> religion". Mas nossa infer=EAncia n=E3o ...=20
I'm quite sure that "Anglo-Catholic" is is what Eliot said. I have read and repeated the quote so many times over so many years that I can't source it to you offhand. I imagine you could find it in your Ducal capacity.
I don't know what it would mean to be "an Anglo-Saxon in religion"; for example, I believe both Cromwell and Charles I were Anglo-Saxon, and Eliot was not one to dismiss the theological differences between them. (Despite his call for retrospective reconciliation in Little Gidding.) In any case, even if a meaning can reasonably be assigned to the phrase, I do not believe it is the phrase Eliot used. Or if he did, it was in addition to, and a less famous cousin of, the expression I quoted. (In that case, the less famous cousin would deserve further consideration.)
I'm open to correction. But I think the facts will bear me out on this one.