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Aiming to supply a entire survey of the paintings, poetry and prose of the poet T.S.Eliot (1888-1965), this article can be of particular worth to academics of all educational degrees and to school and school scholars at domestic and out of the country.

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Eliot Companion discarded fragments of The Waste Land, echoes 'Prufrock', samples the reviews, and ends with an invigorating recollection of walking in the wind by the sea . The authenticity of 'Necesse est Perstare', a short scene in free verse, seems to be beyond question: a lunch party breaks up, ending (for a session) the interminable inanity of chatter on Aldous Huxley, Elizabeth Bibesco, and Clive Bell; the 'I' of the poem looks across at the 'you', who had stretched his arms wearily over his head as if he were an old monkey; they look at each other, and she wishes she could join him by the window, gaze at the 'fleering' cold sunshine, and ask if it is necessary to go through this sort of thing.

Tom was anxious to see his mother, and urged her to come 22 A T. S. Eliot Companion over while she was able. His leave would allow him only ten or fourteen days with her in the States; Vivienne could not accompany him because of the cost of the fare , and (he added in his letter to his brother) his mother would not welcome her . It is true that severe economies were imposed in the immediate post-war era, but Eliot's salary had risen to £500 a year. He was now in charge of his department, his main business still being the settlement of pre-war German debts; it involved him in knotty problems arising from elucidation of ' that appalling document the Peace Treaty' .

He signed the books, said he could not talk to her then, and left with his chairman Richard Church. He probably never saw her again; in the summer of 1938 she was committed to a private mental hospital in Finsbury Park. For their summer holidays from 1934 until the outbreak of war Emily Hale's uncle and aunt, Dr and Mrs Carroll Perkins, friends of Eliots in Boston, rented a house and adjoining cottage in Chipping Campden. 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.

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