Seymour-Jones makes many too quick and easy judgments and
assumes connections she does not justify. BUT she has found
masses of information others have not, and if you read about TSE
enough, you can pretty easily sort out the sheer facts from the
opinions. So her book is extremely valuable anyway. It also looks
at the life from Vivienne's perspective, and she did live with him and
have experiences that matter. It is a biography of her.
On 24 Sep 2002, at 17:57, [log in to unmask] <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> The current New Yorker (Sept. 30 cover date) has a review of Painted Shadow by Louis Menand, teased on the cover as "T.S. Eliot's Sex Life."
> Nothing really new to you have have been discussing Painted Shadow (which I've yet to read), Verdenal, etc. The book makes what seems a sensible objection, which I've seen elsewhere: that what Seymour-Jones posits (principally Eliot's homosexuality, to shorthand it) may be true, but it isn't
provable, or even especially inferable, by the evidence she presents.
> Not sure if it's available on-line.
> Tom K