My Huxley source provided the following:
a: In Huxley's Crome Yellow (1921), Mr Scogan disguises himself as
Sesostris, Sorceress of Ecbatan. Apparently (according to Patricia
Sloan), Eliot acknowledged Huxley as his source for Mme Sosostris.
Still can't find the page reference in CY, however, despite a quick
text crawl. It's there though. Too bad Project Gutenberg isn't
easier to do a word search on--it has Crome Yellow available.
b: The Sesostris source for Eliot is in chapter 27 of Crome Yellow
Compliments of Dr James Sexton.
Aldous Huxley Complete Essays : 1920-1925
Robert S. Baker (Editor), James Sexton (Editor)
Now More Than Ever by Aldous Huxley, David Bradshaw,
James Sexton, David Bradshaw (Editor), James Sexton
From: William Gray
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Sent: 2004-Oct-25 5:57 AM
Subject: Re: Tarot and Huxley
I didn't find anything in the letters, either. But I did appreciate the
opportunity to see Eliot's connections with the Huxleys. I had forgotten
it was Julian who suggested Vittoz to Eliot for his nerves (letter 31
Oct 1921). Interesting.
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There is nothing, so far as I know , in TSE's letters about tarot
cards, though I may be mistaken ( I should think if there were, it
would be only a joke in passing; Eliot and Huxley did not Tarot
together; we can be reasonably sure of that.) . I think you must mean
the similarity of names between Madame Sosostris and M Sesostris, the
phony fortune teller character who appears in Huxley's Chrome Yellow?
Southam remarks on this in his Student's Guide to the Selected Poems of
TS Eliot, p. 147.
On Sunday, October 24, 2004, at 12:42 PM, Tabitha Arnesen wrote:
> When I was reading the Collected Letters of Eliot, I
> came across something mentioning the party that Eliot
> went to where he first encountered the tarot.
> Apparently one of the Huxleys was also there, and the
> evening is related in one of Huxley's books. Does
> anyone know which book, or could post the passage?
> I'm sorry I can't be more specific but I've just spent
> ages going through the Letters, and I can't find the
> reference again! Of course I could be completely
> wrong that I saw it in Letters or that it was a
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