Peter, simply delicious! D.

> Date: Sat, 1 Mar 2008 00:42:30 -0800
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> Subject: Re: OT - Kurt Vonnegut - a nytimes review
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>
> 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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