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 may be of detailed worth to academics of all educational degrees and to college and school scholars at domestic and in another country.
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He thought there would always be a need for poetry, and that a revival in drama was possible. An invitation to give the annual Charles Norton lectures at Harvard offered him an acceptable release from Vivienne, but he must have craved time for preparing them. On 4 March he sent her an officially worded letter, signed with conventional affection, indicating that his visit to America would not be sufficiently profitable to afford her a liberal allowance on his return. In August he drove her in his small Morris car to attend the christening of his god-daughter Susanna, the youngest of the Morley family, who lived at Pikes Farm near Crowhurst, Surrey.
Eliot was their guest on a number of occasions, and in 1934 and 1935, if not in later prewar years, Emily stayed at the cottage. On one occasion Mrs Perkins took him to admire the gardens at Hidcote; with Emily, possibly in the summer of 1934, he visited the garden at Burnt Norton, not far from Chipping Campden. At the time this eighteenth-century manor (so called because the owner of the original had set fire to it and died in the burning) was empty. The route almost certainly taken by Tom and Emily in the light and shade revealed first the dry upper pool with its semicircular fringe of yew-trees in the background, then the dry lower pools, then the rose-garden.
H. Lawrence; Murry had become editor of The Adelphi after the failure of The Athenaeum in 1923); the Bloomsbury group; and the Sitwells, who campaigned against the literary establishment or the Squirearchy, as it was sometimes called, after j. C. Squire. Eliot was wary; he neither committed himself to, nor broke with, any of them . Representatives of all four contributed to the earlier numbers of The Criterion. Since Eliot's time was more flexible than Read's, it was agreed to meet each week for lunch at the Grove, a tavern in Beauchamp Place, not far from the Victoria and Albert Museum, where Read worked.
A T. S. Eliot Companion: Life and Works by F. B. Pinion