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An interesting issue to explore would be at what point Eliot turned to
British spellings.

CR

On Fri, Apr 6, 2018 at 9:20 AM Rickard A. Parker <[log in to unmask]>
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> On Thu, 5 Apr 2018 09:32:56 -0400, Rickard A. Parker
> <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
> >Warning: this is a stupid post but I was
> >curious and I decided that it wouldn't
> >hurt to post the results of my "study."
> >
> >So, which is actually the cruelest month?
>
>
> This post is stupid too. Today a search brought up the following text:
> T.S. Eliot wrote "April is the cruelest month" and that's certainly
> proving true for
> winter-weary folks across the northern U.S., ...
>
> That got me wondering - did Eliot originally WRITE the British CRUELLEST
> or the American CRUELEST?
>
> I lost my TWL facsimile ages ago (probably because I was hauling it
> around so much and I ended up forgetting to haul it back) so I checked
> for an online copy. I saw that in the typescript he had the British
> spelling but I wasn't able to see if there were an earlier manuscript
> version of the line. Maybe someone can help me out.
>
> https://www.swansfinebooks.com/pictures/CNJL756_4.JPG?v=1476920206
>