In the second-to-last paragraph of the "Lancelot Andrewes" essay (1926),
Eliot writes that Donne is the type "who seek[s] refuge in religion from
the tumults of a strong emotional temperament which can find no complete
satisfaction elsewhere.  He is not wholly without kinship to Huysmans."

A more extended commentary appears in the middle of the Baudelaire
essay (1930), where Eliot claims Huysmans is a "first-rate realist" who
"only succeeds in making his diabolism interesting when her treats it
externally."  He later refers to Huysmans' interest in Christianity as a
"petty affair."

Both are collected in _Selected Essays_.

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