On Sat, 6 Dec 2014 23:53:23 -0500, James Loucks <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>This would have been in autumn 1932, when TSE sailed to the US to deliver the Norton Lectures (1932-33); that same year Yeats visited the US to be present at the opening of one of his plays in New York. It was an uneasy meeting, over a formal dinner (I think it might have been at Wellesley, but have to check on that). WBY sat next to TSE but was engaged in conversation with a young woman on the side away from TSE. He then turned to TSE and said that he and the lady had been discussing the poetry of TSE, and asked what TSE thought about the subject. TSE turned his place card to WBY to identify himself. -- best, -- Jim Loucks
I love this story Jim and I had to find more about it. I found a secondary source for the WBY/TSE anedote in
T. S. Eliot: Poetry, Plays and Prose
By Sunil Kumar Sarker
Eliot and his contemporary W.B. Yeats (1865-1939) maintained lukewarm relation between them. Richard Ellmann described this relation as "long, languid incompatibility." Ellmann wrote: "Among their various mild collisions none was more defined than the dinner at Wellesley College when Yeats, seated next to Eliot but oblivious of him, conversed with the guest on the other side until late in the meal. He then turned and said, 'My friend here and I have been discussing the defects of T.S. Eliot's poetry. What do you think of that poetry?' "Eliot held up his place card to excuse himself from the jury" (Sutherland, 442). In spite of this cold relationship between the two great poets, we must say that Eliot was by any standard congenial, affable and meek.
P.S. To keep the story and picture together here is the link that C.R. sent us: