Peter Montgomery wrote:
> Curious that I should run into the following from Pound's
> Carta da Vista (Rome, 1942) published in English in 1952
> by Peter Russell: "Eliot would recognise, I imagine, a greater
> influence of Lanman and Woods, his professors of sanskit [sic],
> than the superficial influence of the French poets."
Just the other day I had grabbed something on Lanman and Wood for my
website that will show up eventually as something like this:
In 1933 Eliot said in a lecture:
Two years spent in the study of Sanskrit under Charles Lanman,
and a year in the mazes of Patanjali's metaphysics under the
guidance of James Woods, left me in a state of enlightened
And he would have been able to continue past difficulties only by
forgetting how to think and feel as an American or a European:
which, for practical as well as sentimental reasons, I did not
wish to do.
In 1946, in one of a series of radio addresses on "The Unity of
European Culture" (later published in Christianity and Culture) Eliot
Long ago I studied the ancient Indian languages, and while I was
chiefly interested at that time in Philosophy, I read a little poetry
too; and I know that my own poetry shows the influence of Indian
thought and sensibility.
The first two blockquotes are from "After Strange Gods" and the third is
in the appendix to "Notes towards the definition of Culture." See also
Howarth, Herbert. "Notes on Some Figures Behind T. S. Eliot"
Boston: Houghton Mifflin (1964) pp. 199-209