My mistake. I meant Fitzgerald's biography by Arthur C. Benson. It also
contains the phrase Eliot swiped for the opening of Gerontion -- "in a dry
month old and blind, being read to by a country boy, longing for rain..."
In practically everything Benson wrote he cited Fitzgerald and his
opinions--almost all of it is accessible on the Internet Public Library --
all of it except the biography -- which is the source for both of the
Eliotic images. And I can't seem to find my copy. But I know they're both in
on 9/24/02 2:16 PM, Rickard A. Parker at [log in to unmask] wrote:
> Well I looked in Southam for his notes and didn't see FitzGerald mentioned
> and then I looked at Ricks notes on Prufrock's Pervigilium (pp. 176-98 of
> "Inventions of the March Hare") and didn't see it there either.
> What of FitzGerald show we look to? The Rubaiyat translation?
> Rick Parker