Figures are fun, but I think the purveyor of nonsense here is yourself:
the UK sources I consulted equate Eliot's 1965 estate value in pounds to
between 1,565,00 and 1,585,000. When it comes to cloud cuckoo, count
yourself in. I probably won't ask my retired full professor friends what
their estates are worth (that would be more of a conversation stopper
than your cloud cuckoo insult), but I don't think $1.5 million would be
a ridiculous sum. The point being that Eliot's financial state,
particularly before the Nobel, was probably not much different than the
legion of folks who made and make their living feasting off the corpus
delectus, or shall we say the oeuvre Hoovers.
David Boyd wrote:
> Have to say, that I gasp at Ken's descriptor of someone with personal
> net wealth of several million pounds as 'not overly wealthy'