"As far as I can tell, Eliot was not particularly active in or outspoken
about his politics, but his most acclaimed play. . . "

He apparently could not tell very far" Eliot's political and cultural
views are all over his cultural criticism. And he proclaimed his
politics in letters pretty clearly and explicitly, more than once and
not always the same.

And to say that "Although he never earned a further degree, he studied
philosophy," is equally problematic since he did "earn" it: he just
never went to accept it because of German U-boats in 1915. His
professors praised his dissertation, and it seems extremely improbable
that he would not manage a defense.

This person has not even bothered to read Eliot before labeling his
views to make them affirm his own. This is an odd form of intellectual

I find it also curious that CR would point to such a text when it
identifies the character in an Eliot play with Eliot himself. That
Beckett took a stance Eliot portrayed in a play is not at all to say
Eliot took that stance. And yet any suggestion that Eliot was giving his
own views or feelings in The Waste Land is met with loud cries against
biographical criticism. Despite this, Eliot said TWL had much of his own
life in it. If he ever identified with Beckett, it would be interesting
to see the evidence. 

Are we than to say Eliot was a murderer because he portrayed "a man who
did a girl in"? Or a giver of empty cocktail parties? 

>>> Chanan Mittal 10/15/15 9:42 PM >>>

T. S. Eliot…Libertarian Hero
Mark Friedman

October 13, 2015