From: INGELBIEN RAPHAEL [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
From: Peter Montgomery
> I suppose another way of looking at it is that Eliot committed THE
> great original sin of the 20th C. by becoming a Christian, which in
> certain ways made him the equivalent of Shelley in the previous
> century who became a pariah because of his atheism. Eliot's punishment
> was less glitzy. He just ceased to be taken so seriously in a quietistic
> kind of way.
Still, compared with what befell Lawrence during his lifetime (censorship,
self-imposed exile, etc.), I think it's hard to paint Eliot as a pariah.
Certainly not a social pariah. Eliot just ceased to be considered main
stream by a huge carnival wagon load of critics, esp. at universities.
It was a much more subtle sidestepping.