Something I sent to another list.
Presumably relevant here.
> T. S. Eliot's Parisian Year by Nancy Duvall Hargrove
> Gainsville, FL: University Press of Florida, 2009: 74.
> "By 1900, electric power began ro expand into everyday life,
> with electric street lamps replacing gas ones and with electric
> lighting in many entertainment venues. In the first decade of the
> twentieth century, it slowly found its way into middle-class homes,
> which until then used candles and oil lamps, and in 1912 the first
> electrically lit advertisement appeared The marvels of electricity
> were featured in an exciting exhibit which took place at the time
> of Eliot's arrival in Paris and ro which he may have been drawn
> to see for himself the wonders described in Ie Petit Parisien on
> Ocrober 20, 1910: "At the Maison Electrique larger and larger
> crowds come to see the House of Tomorrow, which is all-electric
> and has no servants. How can one not be interested in this marvelous
> invention born of French genius, always at rhe forefront of progress?"
> However, as I suggest in Chapter 8, while Eliot may have been awed
> by such a futuristic exhibit, he also saw in modern technology a
> danger to the human soul and imagination."