I just looked up Stetson on Wikipedia, ha ha, and indeed, a Stetson is a hat, a cowboy type hat, but according to Wikipedia, the style was originally designed in England.  Being from New England and then moving to Florida, cowboys and country music, etc., weren't a part of the scene and I really didn't know that those cowboys hat swere called Stetsons.  So, I guess the two guys in Brokeback Mountain were wearing Stetsons?

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From: Diana Manister <[log in to unmask]>
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Subject: Re: "Stetson in The Waste Land"

No way could Eliot not know what the name Stetson means in America. He had to be aware that the name referred to the famous hat company, cowboys, the bowler hat's absence, as any other associations he may have intended. Diana

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Date:  Thu, 7 Jun 2007 15:07:55 -0400

Now, now.  I didn't say that there was no one in America named Stetson. I simply meant that Stetson sounds far more British than American.  Therefore, I doubt that Eliot was using the name as as pseudonym for an American.

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From: Carrol Cox
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Kate Troy wrote:
> The name "Stetson" is not very American.
You mean the american who established one of the more famous companies
in americna history (in St. Joseph, MO, though it is now located in
Texas) did not have an american name?

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