Eliot also published Djuna Barnes's *Nightwood* when no one else would.

But he also edited out a great deal. I once spent days reading the original
mss. in the Maryland library--with Eliot's marks and comments and cuts--,
and his cuts altered the book in serious ways. She nonetheless was very
appreciative of the fact that he published it and praised it in the

He later, though, wrote a very unenthusiastic intro to her next book, and
she felt betrayed.

So he had a somewhat mixed history with gay literature.

I have thought about his extreme reaction to Peters's article on him being
gay himself (whether he was or not), and I think it essential to remember
that homosexuality was illegal in England *until 1967*. In 1952 it could
have ruined him I assume. His friends in Bloomsbury, though, were generally
not shocked or even negative about it.

On Thu, Nov 28, 2019 at 10:00 AM Rick Parker <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> The following appeared on:
> Today in Gay History – November 10 ...
> 1928 – The New York Times reported that forty distinguished witnesses
> including T. S. Eliot, Arnold Bennett, Vera Brittain,  Ethel Smyth. and
> Virginia Woolf, appeared in a London in support of  Radclyffe Hall to
> testify in favor of the lesbian novel “The Well of Loneliness.” which was
> in the midst of an obscenity trail. The judge refused to hear any of them.
> He would later go on to apply the Hicklin test of obscenity: a work was
> obscene if it tended to “deprave and corrupt those whose minds are open to
> such immoral influences”. He held that the book’s literary merit was
> irrelevant because a well-written obscene book was even more harmful than a
> poorly written one. The topic in itself was not necessarily unacceptable; a
> book that depicted the “moral and physical degradation which indulgence in
> those vices must necessary involve” might be allowed, but no reasonable
> person could say that a plea for the recognition and toleration of inverts
> was not obscene. He ordered the book destroyed, with the defendants to pay
> court costs