Here’s an inkling:

Volume 1
John D. Morgenstern, General Editor
Oxford University Press, 2017


*The Short and Surprisingly Private Life of King Bolo: Eliot’s Bawdy Poems
and Their Audiences*
By Jayme Stayer

Note 29, p. 28:

“Ricks and McCue seem to imply that the pocketbook is from 1915 ... but in
my examination of these manuscripts and the related circumstantial evidence
(especially the appearance of British spellings), I am led to conclude that
the pocketbook dates to the late teens.”


On Fri, Apr 6, 2018 at 10:34 AM Chanan Mittal <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> 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]>
> wrote:
>> 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.