> Date: Sat, 1 Mar 2008 00:42:30 -0800 > From: [log in to unmask] > Subject: Re: OT - Kurt Vonnegut - a nytimes review > To: [log in to unmask] > > From: Chokh Raj > > Well, till something serious comes up -- > ============================= > Will this correspondence between Wyndham Lewis and Eliot help? > > 12th March, 1950 > > My dear Eliot. It was very kind of you to send me a copy of "The Cocktail > Party." > I have now read it with great care and with unusual interest. I have seen it > objected > that your use of so popular a figure as the Mental Doctor was bad form, > but for my part I was rejoiced to meet you disguised as a psychopathic quack > About half way through I decided that it was in the nature of a large naval > gun > mounted on a Thames houseboat of shallow draught. This of course might > strike one as inartistic. But later on I learned that the big gun was part > of > the fixtures of the houseboat: and my last glimpse of this heavy > ordnance was its festive departure in the company of Julia (of Mrs. > Porter's family I surmise) to other cocktail parties. That it is a > success as a play (and I wouldn't know about that) is demonstrated > by its tremendous reception in New York. You will I expect be responsible > for the death of a number of libidinous Yankee damsels, for > surely U.S. Psychologists will not be slow to take the hint and will > dispatch the more dewy-eyed of their patients where they may be > swallowed by alligators or pecked to death by vicious tropical birds. > As I went along, I felt that quite apart from the question involved > in the blood sacrifice, there was much highly interesting material > being used in connection with the adulterous couple, who were in > adequate vessels but it could with advantage be drawn on for another > play; not exactly a comedy. I congratulate you on your work and its > great success in the U.S. This success will, I hope, be repeated here > in London. > Yours ever, > W.L. > > Faber and Faber Limited > 24 Russell Square London W.C.1 > 13 March 1950 > > My dear Wyndham, > > You are quite right no one else has yet remarked that Julia is a niece of > Mrs. Porter, and that Reilly's mother was a Sweeney (but no doubt James J. > Sweeney will be looking into the matter). Possibly the houseboat is a > Mississippi houseboat > > Down the Mississippi, Baby, we will float along; > > In our little houseboat, maybe, life's one grand sweet song. > > I await statistics of the selfimmolation of young women from the Long > Island suburbs. > > Yours ever, > T.S.E. > ============================= > The success of TCP in Saftesbury Ave. was equally impressive. > Eliot was apparently [if memory serves] the first to have simultaneous > successes in N.Y. and London of the same show. > > Note that in the play, Reilly is associated with a certain ONE-EYED Reilly. > (hint, hint). > Cheers, > Peter
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