Nancy Gish wrote:
>It's been a long time since I looked at this stuff also, but there is no
>doubt that Eliot's friends set about to save him financially and that
>there was a deliberate choice to give him the Dial prize and for his
>friends to write reviews praising it and thus creating its as "great"
>from the start. This does not mean it wasn't. But there was a series
>of deliberate commitments to make sure it was known and admired.
>>>>[log in to unmask] 07/27/05 2:01 PM >>>
>The "others" were people like Pound -- Eliot's supporters who wanted him
>a) doing poetry full time and b) out from the possibility of being in
>debted to the Haigh-Woods. The prizes were created in the magazines to
>give Eliot the money -- 6k (or whatever the figure was -- it's been 6
>years since I did this research) was something on the order of twice the
>average salary in 1922. So Eliot published what he saw as an incomplete
>poem at best (I think he never got over the exercising of the
>"titanic-esque" passages) in order to further "the movement" and to make
>some money. The addition of the notes simply allowed the poem to be
>published unaccompanied in book form.
>From: Marcia Karp <[log in to unmask]>
>To: [log in to unmask]
>Sent: Wed, 27 Jul 2005 13:02:22 -0400
>Subject: Re: TWL Notes
> What you've said doesn't agree with what I've read. Others arranged
>for Eliot to receive the prizes; he wasn't competing or publishing for
>the sake of the prize money. As I suggested to Peter, Rainey will be
>helpful on this. Or, do you think he has it wrong.
>[log in to unmask] wrote:
>Hey everyone. I'm sure someone has pointed this out but here goes --
>You have to remember that Eliot was publishing TWL [at the _specific_
>time it was publised] in order to make money on prizes -- he made
>something on the order of 6000 dollars in prizes from the Dial and
>Criterion. The published, non-magazine version -- the one that includes
>the notes -- was simply a way to earn a little more revenue and give the
>poem more distribution than the Dial or Criterion could offer. He added
>the notes as filler.
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