One reading might be: Bleistein ["leadstone" in German] is a (vulgar) American ("money in furs" would suggest St. Louis rather than Chicago, by the way) who is also a Semite (Jew) whose ancestors came from Vienna, which happens to have been virulently anti-Semitic in its past; hence he is a Jew of the diaspora, who has in effect "returned" to Europe as a rich capitalist in a capitalist city, Venice. Browning, in "A Toccata of Galuppi's" (set in Venice) mentions "Shylock's Bridge," and TSE alludes to that poem in his epigraph ("Dear dead women, with such hair too"). Bleistein's cigar, obviously a phallic symbol, adds to the rich-capitalist-semite caricature. TSE deserves Anthony Julius's criticism for such blatant stereotyping (which one can see is equally raw form in Gatsby). -- Jim Loucks
James Loucks, Ph.D.
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From: T. S. Eliot Discussion forum. on behalf of Tom Colket
Sent: Sun 29-Jan-06 10:18 AM
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Subject: Rick's Bel Esprit campaign
>>Maybe we listers ought to start a TSE subscription charge in the
>>manner of Pound's Bel Esprit campaign to compensate Debra for a weekly
>>posting on some Eliotic matter. ;-)
>> Rick Parker
>Nice idea, but I couldn't take the pressure.
That's too bad. Perhaps you'll reconsider if we raise enough cash.
By the way, if a weekly posting is too much, I'd greatly appreciate some
coherent explanation of the one line in an Eliot poem that I find the most
Chicago Semite Viennesse.
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