Print

Print


There's a fine elucidation by David Chinitz of what Michael North observed
about Eliot's nickname as Possum. Please look up p. 23 of TS ELIOT AND THE
CULTURAL DIVIDE:

https://books.google.com/books?id=z-G1zjPAWIwC&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false

CR

On Sunday, October 11, 2015, Nancy Gish <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Eliot grew up in St. Louis and summered in MA. His childhood was southern,
> not mainly New England. It was not just "background." Somewhere he also
> said that his city streets are in large part those of St. Louis. And so is
> his river long after.
>
> Nancy
>
> >>> P <[log in to unmask]
> <javascript:_e(%7B%7D,'cvml',[log in to unmask]);>> 10/11/15 7:26 PM
> >>>
> I don't think it's that hard, Rickard. Eliot had a background in St. Louis
> (the south) but adopted the Bostonian put-on. Epithets stick when they fit.
> Brer rabbit didn't stick on Pound; he was much more a fox from Idaho. Cf.
> "I left the insane asylum when I left the US."
> P.
>
> On 11 Oct 2015 2:21 pm, "Rickard A. Parker" <[log in to unmask]
> <javascript:_e(%7B%7D,'cvml',[log in to unmask]);>> wrote:
> >
> > On Sun, 11 Oct 2015 12:09:30 -0700, P <[log in to unmask]
> <javascript:_e(%7B%7D,'cvml',[log in to unmask]);>> wrote:
> >
> > >Still not quite there. Lots of animals feign inactivity. Why choose
> this one in particular?
> >
> > This one is a character in the Uncle Remus stories (Brer Possum). Pound
> may have liked the characters and accents and wanted to play with them.
> You're on the Pound list. Ask them.
> >
> > https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Uncle_Remus_characters
>