You may have already come across this, but the work is
discussed by Harry Costello (who describes his eyewitness account of
Eliot reading this paper) in the following book:
From what I can tell, TSE gave the paper in Josiah Royce's
seminar at Harvard toward the end of 1913. It occurs to me that
Robert Crawford might discuss it in his book. He would most likely reference the
Grover Smith on page 88 of his "The Waste Land" refers to a
publication of TSE's that I have been unable to find. It is "The
Interpretation of Primitive Ritual".
I have checked Gallup with no luck but may have missed
I think it a real possibility that it is a chapter or
subject heading in some larger work.
I would much appreciate a pointer to a TSE work where he
discusses primitive ritual.
Here is the what Grover Smith had to say:
"All such rites, for Frazer, originated as fertility
magic; his evidence is so overwhelming (*The Golden Bough* in its third and
final edition runs to twelve large volumes) that one tends to ignore, as Eliot
in 'The Interpretation of Primitive Ritual' did not, the mystery of how magic
BTW: Smith exaggerates the size of the original Frazer
volumes, some of which are fairly narrow, even so, the resultant
shelf space of all 12 is very impressive.