1. One source is probably WWI. "Rat's Alley" is apparently one name
used for the trenches. In letters Eliot more than once tells of Maurice
Haigh-Wood's tales of shooting rats all night in the trenches. The
memoirs of soldiers are full of descriptions of the rats, who made a great
living in No Man's Land on corpses and constantly invaded the trenches.
2. Probably Cleo Kearnes, _T. S. Eliot and Indic Traditions: A Study of
Poetry and Belief_, 1987.
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My students have two questions:
1) What are all the rats doing in the poems, esp. TWL
2) What's a good book to study Eliot's interest in oriental
religion in the 1920s.