Might it be a Frenchman's wry comment on Darwin's theory of evolution? Origin of Species was published in English around 1859 I believe, but have no idea when it might have been published in France. Just a thought. Diana
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Subject: "L'on porte partout le cadaver de son grand-pér e."
Date: Tue, 10 Apr 2007 12:49:01 -0500
Herbert Howarth's Notes on Some Figures Behind T. S. Eliot originally had a chapter that related Eliot's poems to figures, such as Eliot's grandfather, from the poet's family life. The chapter was dropped because Eliot disapproved of it.
The title of this chapter was "Cadavers carried everywhere" in an allusion to the author who, reacting against tradition, said something about the burden of the past: "L'on porte partout le cadaver de son grand-pére." Does anyone know who this author might be? I seem to remember Wyndham Lewis quoting this remark, but after much searching I still can't find the source.
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