He uses that phrase to refer to Hermann Hesse's Blick ins Chaos. If you
read Hesse's text, you see that it is about the notion that the European
man (sic) is changing and that the "new man" is the Russian and Eastern,
one who is not rational and modern but may, like Dmitri Karamozoff, be a
saint or a madman. I did a paper on this and am distressed that it
seems lost in a shift of computers, but I want to try to find a paper
copy. Anyway, I think it is one of many images of hysteria.
Eliot was immensely impressed by Hesse's argument, so much so that he
excerpted it in the first issue of Criterion.
>>> Carrol Cox <[log in to unmask]> 08/07/07 10:45 AM >>>
Eliot lists this as one of the three themes in the "first part of Part
V." Does anyone know of any writings by Eliot which specify this -- or
can we take "decay" as a euphemism for the Russian Revolution?
It is interesting (assuming the Revolution is meant) how he is able to
have one narrative apply to both that revolution and the arrest and
trial of Christ: Prison and palace and reverberations.
P.S. There were those who opposed the slaughter of WWI: Debsian
Socialists, the IWW, & William Jennings Bryan in the U.S.; Irish
revolutionaries; Bertrand Russell; Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht;
Lenin & the Bolsheviks. The real heroes of that war. Bryan should be
remembered for that act rather than for the farce of the Scopes trial.