Sara Trevisan wrote:
> Paradoxically, I think Eliot best explained what an object correlative is
> when he didn't mention it at all but just described it in 'Tradition and the
> Individual Talent'.
Sara, I was doing a search for some information on Eliot and the Pali
language right after reading your post on the 'objective correlative'
and I came upon this serendipitous find of Eliot commenting upon the
fact that he may not have been the first to use the phrase.
"It is a great many years since I coined, as I thought, the phrase
'objective correlative'. ... It is a little difficult to say positively,
one way or another, whether what I meant some 35 years ago by the
phrase corresponds to the analysis of the author of Vibhava. ...
I must confess that I am neither quite sure of what I meant 35 years
ago, nor sure of what the Sanskrit philosopher meant a good deal
longer ago than that"
Cited with "Letter from Eliot to Nimai Chatterji, quoted in a letter to
the editor of The New Statesman, 5 March 1965, p. 361".
This was from an article printed in "Philosophy East & West." More
detail can be seen on the online rendition of it at
I'd love to get more information about this. Can anyone supply