Date: Tue, 21 Nov 1995 19:57:50 -0500 (EST)
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From: James F Loucks <[log in to unmask]>
Kipling would appear to have been close enough to Eliot's mind for him
to have edited _A Choice of Kipling's Verse_, Faber, 1941, with a 30+
page introductory essay.
C Ricks traced the title of After Strange Gods to a story by Kipling
containing the phrase "go whoring after strange gods" (in the 1880's).
There was a novel by that title (1913) by Josephine Weatherly; but
more interesting is the fact that when TSE was in New York City
visiting his brother Henry and lecturing at the New School and
Columbia, there was a "hit" play with the title "Strange Gods" at the
Ritz Theatre (in April 1933). My guess is that the play title
triggered the Kipling association; TSE gave the Page-Barbour Lectures
at Virginia in May 1933, and later titled them ASG (1934). (The play
is about a Florida cracker, so the only link is the "southern"
element; TSE stressed the "southern" theme in his initial lecture; and
of course at that time he was sympathetic with the Agrarian/Fugitive
movement involving Tate et al.).)
James Loucks, Ohio State U == [log in to unmask]