P. 98 at this link sheds some light on Eliot's Norton Lectures. Joe here is CL Barber, and Mattie is FO Matthiesen.


On Wednesday, May 25, 2016, Chanan Mittal <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

The Charles Eliot Norton Lectures

The Charles Eliot Norton Professorship in Poetry was endowed in 1925 by C.C. Stillman (Harvard 1898). Incumbents are in residence through their tenure of the Chair, and deliver at least six lectures. The term “poetry” is interpreted in the broadest sense, including all poetic expression in language, music, or fine arts.

Previous holders of the Chair include Gilbert Murray (1926–27), T. S. Eliot (1932–33), Igor Stravinsky (1939–40), Paul Hindemith (1949–50), Ben Shahn (1956–57), Leonard Bernstein (1972–73), Frank Stella (1982–84), John Cage (1988–89), and Luciano Berio (1992–93). 

The Use of Poetry and Use of Criticism: Studies in the Relation of Criticism to Poetry in England

-- Eliot, T. S.

The 1932–33 Norton Lectures are among the best and most important of T. S. Eliot’s critical writings. Tracing the rise of literary self-consciousness from the Elizabethan period to his own day, Eliot does not simply examine the relation of criticism to poetry, but invites us to “start with the supposition that we do not know what poetry is, or what it does or ought to do, or of what use it is; and try to find out, in examining the relation of poetry to criticism, what the use of both of them is.”


On Wednesday, May 25, 2016, Ken Armstrong <[log in to unmask]');" target="_blank">[log in to unmask]> wrote:

 Could you give a few specifics regarding that? I would imagine that most audiences would be less than unified in their enthusiasms to begin with.

Ken A

On 5/25/2016 4:56 AM, James Loucks wrote:
I've studied TSE's year in America in detail, and I can assure you that his lectures and readings did not always appeal to his audiences.  --  Jim Loucks

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The 1931 portrait vis-a-vis Eliot's timeline 

"Ash Wednesday," a poem about Eliot's religious awakening, is published.

A Year at Harvard
Eliot accepts a yearlong teaching position at Harvard, his alma mater. The professional opportunity also gives him a break from his failing marriage to Vivienne, who remains in England while Eliot travels to Massachusetts. Eliot is instantly a well-liked professor, frequently inviting students over for tea.

In the 1931 portrait, Eliot looks confident, reassured. 


On Sunday, May 22, 2016, Chanan Mittal <[log in to unmask]> wrote: