Not long ago, someone asked why I thought the Treaty of Versailles was
significant for "Gerontion" and/or Eliot. I did not explain because I am in
the middle of an article on the topic, but with a different slant, Vincent
Sherry opens his new book on this connection: THE GREAT WAR AND
THE LANGUAGES OF MODERNISM.
I thought some of you might be interested in reading it. I have only started
and skimmed because I am running a seminar. But it looks like a
fascinating study. Sherry begins with many of the biographical details I
noted--that Eliot was working on reparations at the time, that the poem
has images of the hall of mirrors, that Eliot was concerned with the impact
of the post-war political/economic issues.