Wow! The URL rides again.
I wonder how the infamous Hale letters figure in all this?
Rickard Parker <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>On Sun, 24 Jun 2012 15:02:48 -0700, P <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> My goodness, CR, in one stroke you have answered my
>> question, at least in part. Eliot was self-conscious in
>> his letter writing. My question goes one step
>> further. Did Eliot actually play to the gallery in his
>> letters; did he actually address future readers as much
>> as if not more than the intended reader?
>> Congrats on the great find. I'll bet even the Duke of
>> URL envies you that one.
>I do. I was quite impressed on seeing that
>quotation. CR, could you tell us just a bit more on
>that -- when and where he said/wrote that. I don't
>have access to jstor.
>Never mind, it just occurred to me to Google it instead.
>It is in a book by Pritchard. It's from a lost 1933 lecture
>by Eliot with the specific sentences recorded by Eliot's brother.
>But now I have to redeem my reputation somewhat more so I
>submit to the list something else on Eliot and letters:
> Eliot engages in theological discussion with Middleton
> Murry (the American-born Eliot will become both an
> Anglican and a British citizen during this period), and
> hints at how he copes with Vivien and the appeal of
> religion: "I have found my own love for a woman
> enhanced, intensified and purified by meditation on the
> He also shares some rather contradictory thoughts on
> biography. "I do not want a biography, if it is ever
> written -- and I hope it won't -- to have anything
> private in it. I don't like reading other people's
> private correspondence in print, and I do not want
> other people to read mine," he writes to his mother in
> April 1927. But in August he writes to Geoffrey Faber
> about a biography of Swift, "I do think Swift's sexual
> life ought to be studied carefully and sympathetically"
> -- though he demurs, "I don't know that I should
> recommend putting it into one's book".
>The Letters of TS Eliot Volume 3: 1927-27, Ed Valerie
>Yours faithfully, kindly and with modesty, Tom
>Sunday 24 June 2012
> Rick Parker
>On Sun, 24 Jun 2012 10:43:52 -0700, Chokh Raj <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> Epistolary Eliot
>> William H. Pritchard
>> The Hudson Review
>> Vol. 42, No. 1 (Spring, 1989), pp. 141-148
>> Article Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3851175
>> "The desire to write a letter, to put down what you
>> don't want anybody else to see but the person you are
>> writing to, but which you do not want to be destroyed,
>> but perhaps hope may be preserved for complete
>> strangers to read, is ineradicable. We want to confess
>> ourselves in writing to a few friends, and we do not
>> always want to feel that no one but those friends will
>> ever read what we have written." -- TS Eliot