On 1/15/2012 7:29 PM, John Angell Grant wrote:
> An amusing correlation between Sherlock Holmes and Murder in the Cathedral:
I was curious. Here are some of my findings.
Maybe you can catch this early. Otherwise wait until tomorrow.
Eliot acknowledged Doyle:
On 28 September 1951, a letter in the Times from one Nathan L. Bengis,
of New York, saying he had written to Eliot about the apparent plagiary.
'I quote with permission from his reply: "My use of the 'Musgrave
Ritual' was deliberate and wholly conscious".' Eliotís genius lay in
using borrowings from Sherlock Holmes as tellingly as those he took from
Webster or Dante.
For a bibliography of Eliot's use of Doyle:
Lyndall Gordon had a bit to say about Holmes and "Murder in the Cathedral":
The most challenging role is to become a sleuth of the inner
life -- Watson to Eliot's Holmes -- and this will be the response
of the active reader to all of Eliot's works. [More]