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Seems he could hold his own on many fronts.
Wonder what the Unitarian take on alcohol was?

Peter
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Rickard A. Parker" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Tuesday, August 30, 2011 1:08 PM
Subject: Re: London Riots


> On 8/30/2011 2:47 PM, mikemail wrote:
>>  From I newspaper UK. August 2010
>>
>> Interview with Peter Ackroyd - when asked what he thought Eliot's
>> comment would be on recent events - "he (TSE)would take another drink".
>> Interesting, as I seem to remember that Ackroyd, in the biography, did
>> mention something of Eliot's drinking, suggesting it might have been
>> accesive. Must re-read.
>
> I wrote to TSE (over a decade ago):
>
>    I was flipping through a book not long ago that had a chapter per poet
>    (I've forgotten the title but I think it was "Young Poets.") Eliot was
>    mentioned in passing in one of the chapters.  He was invited to a
>    dinner while at Princeton along with a couple of the younger poets
>    that the book was really about.  They were amazed that TSE had 5
>    martinis and didn't seem to show any effects.
>
> Here's some stuff grabbed today:
>
>    Poets in their youth: a memoir
>    Eileen Simpson - 1983 - 272 pages - Snippet view
>    Eliot said, "Rather too soon. The Nobel is a ticket to one's own 
> funeral.
>    No one has ever done anything after he got it. ... With no effect that 
> we
>    could see, he drank off five martinis. ("Did you count five, too?" John
>    asked afterward. ...
>
> Regards,
>    Rick Parker