A T. S. Eliot Companion: Life and Works by F. B. Pinion

By F. B. Pinion

Aiming to supply a complete survey of the paintings, poetry and prose of the poet T.S.Eliot (1888-1965), this article will be of certain price to lecturers of all educational degrees and to school and faculty scholars at domestic and in a foreign country.

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He accepted the Arnoldian viewpoint that the critic's duty is to cultivate disinterestedly the best that is known and thought at home and abroad, especially in Europe, from the past to the present. The early numbers represent literature in France, Germany, Italy, and Spain, and range chronologically from the Alcestis of Euripides to Dostoevsky, joyce's Ulysses, Pound's Cantos, and contemporary English writers. There are lengthy articles on Bolingbroke by Charles Whibley, whose earlier years among the poets of Paris earned Eliot's respect, others on poetic and dramatic versions of the Tristram story, a generalization of Freud 's theories by jacques Riviere in translation, and a brief obituary on the art superbly displayed 30 A T.

So impressed was George Bell by The Rock, which was performed from 28 May to 9 June 1934 at Sadler's Wells Theatre, that he invited Eliot to write a play for the 1935 Canterbury Festival. The success of the chorus in The Rock encouraged Eliot to give it a prominent role in Murder in the Cathedral, the first title of which, 'Fear in the Way', probably hinted at the rising menace of another European war. With Robert Speaight as Becket, the performance in the chapter house (not far from the spot where Becket was murdered) won Years of Growing Fame 45 such acclaim that the play was staged at the Mercury Theatre, Notting Hill Gate, where, after being hailed by the critic for The Times as ' the one great play by a contemporary dramatist now to be seen in England', it ran for seven months.

As Eliot replied with courtesy, she continually sought to gain his attention by plucking at his sleeve , but he took no notice, adding that he had given up the idea of writing the three books which he had promised in his preface, on Donne, royalism, and modern heresy. They looked, Tomlin thought, 'a forlorn pair' as they left together. When Vivienne enjoyed better health, she and Tom entertained guests at home, and Robert Sencourt recalls an occasion in 1930 when she invited a number of literary friends to Clarence Gate Gardens to meet the poet Ralph Hodgson and read extracts from the ir latest writings.

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