"'What did Conan Doyle mean to Eliot? He meant obviously enough for him to insert into a highly serious play, at its most serious point, lines almost verbatim, and yet he never dared to make a literary judgement on Conan Doyle. He always threatened, some day, to write a work which should provide an aesthetic for the detective story.’" -- Anthony Burgess
Obscure references, yes. The element of mystery haunts both Eliot and Holmes. It permeates The Waste Land, as well as Sweeney Agonistes.CR
On Friday, July 3, 2015, P <[log in to unmask]');" target="_blank">[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Holmes got Eliot Into the nitty gritty dirt of the dark side of London, that he learned about through the eyes of Baudelaire & Laforgue, about whom he was very explicit. It had temporal as well as spatial dimensions much more complex than ACD worked into the Holmes stories.
As I remember it, Eliot was part of an informal Holmes club, who were constantly trying to one up each other with obscure references in the different stories. The joy of it was that they weren't serious. Just good plain fun.
P.On 3 Jul 2015 5:56 am, John Angell Grant <[log in to unmask]> wrote:On Thu, Jul 2, 2015 at 7:48 PM, Chanan Mittal <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Anthony Burgess and TS EliotWell, just in case you missed out on it.CR