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T. S.Eliot
Faber & Faber Ltd
27 November 1949
My Dear,

I was very glad to get your letter of the 17th (which for some reason took longer to reach me than air letters usually do) and am ashamed of not having written sooner after my return from Germany a week ago. But I was utterly exhausted; I had office business that needed attention in the day time, and after I got back in the evening I was too tired to do anything but go to bed. So I have written no letters to anybody until this one. I hasten to report however that in spite of the season, the fatigue, the overheating of houses in Germany, and the prevalence of colds there as elsewhere, I contracted no minor ailments at all, and was able to fulfil all my engagements.

I have been meaning to draft a kind of summary account of the tour, and send one copy to Marian to circulate to the family (butEliot, Theresa Garrett (TSE's sister-in-law)avid for Eliotana;f1 with strict injunctions that Theresa is not to be allowed to sweep it in for the Eliot House ragbag) and this I still hope to do after my return from Brussels next Monday. – InCocktail Party, The1949 Theatre Royal, Brighton run;d6;a3 that week, thePeel, Eileenas Lavinia in Cocktail Party;a1 rehearsals for the Brighton production of the Cocktail Party is [sic] to begin, withBlake, Grey;a1 a new Lavinia and a new Peter, but otherwise the same cast.1 It is to run from December 19th for a fortnight, and then go to New York at once. I shall go down for the first night. AlsoGroser, Fr St. John B.to be screen-tested;a1 IMurder in the CathedralHoellering film;g1screenings of Groser;b2 shall have to look at, and discuss, the filming of Fr. John Groser in the role of Becket which has been taking place.

IUniversity of Londonawards TSE degree;a1 am still very tired, and the more so because of a very long and tiring evening at the University of London night before last – a degree giving ceremony. It is puzzling to me that universities seem to prefer to give degrees to those who have degrees already, instead of distributing their favours equitably. I am now pretty sure that whenever I take a new degree I shall find myself with people whom I have been with under the same conditions somewhere else. There ought to be a sort of little club of the habitual degree-takers. This time there was the American Ambassador, a very agreeable fellow (but I should like to know why he gave his daughter the Christian name of ‘Sharman’ – I thought it was ‘Charmian’ until I saw it on the list of guests) whom I had met at Oxford; andAnderson, John;a1 Sir John Anderson2 who had been at Cambridge with me eleven years ago; IEden, Anthony;a5 lookedBaruch, Bernard;a1 round in the expectation of seeing Anthony Eden and Bernard Baruch,3 but they must have received degrees in some previous year. I had resolutely declined to make a speech, on the ground that I should be too stupefied by German fatigue, and the speech was made by Sir John Anderson – much more suitably and better. But there was a dinner beforehand, and a reception afterwards. IAlice, Princess, Countess of Athlone;a1 had been brought up to believe that when royalty was present (this time it was Princess Alice, who is the wife of the Chancellor the Earl of Athlone)4 nobody – or certainly not the guests of honour – should leave before they did, so I confidently expected that the Princess would behave as princesses should, and take her departure at the earliest possible moment. But time wore on and there she sat: finally there was a movement towards the door, and then I found myself being sucked in to a small reception in the Principal’s room, and there the Athlones were still, fixed in chairs. IDouglas, Lewis;a1 then discovered to my mortification that all of the Honorary Graduates, with the exception of Lewis Douglas5 and myself, had managed somehow to escape. Finally, at half past twelve, dropping with fatigue, I made my excuses and was sent home in a car.

Notravels, trips and plansTSE's October–November 1949 trip to Germany;g8TSE's account of;b2 crowd of people, howeverGermanyTSE on visiting;c2, of any nationality known to me, or in any country in which I have had to attend large parties, is quite so tiring as a German crowd. The French are bad enough, but the Germans are just as blood-sucking and in addition have no small talk whatever. The consequence is that you find somebody, whom you know you will only be talking to for about three minutes, before somebody else is pushed up, starting conversation and asking your opinion about the most profound and insoluble problems of philosophy and life. I was glad to find however that they did not try to make me talk politics, or trap me into expressing my opinion about Dismantling; and I met a few whom I liked very much and should like to keep up with. InPieper, Josefand family charm TSE;a1 particular, Prof. Pieper of Muenster,6 who had me to tea just with his family (and made me lie down for an hour beforehand in a hotel bedroom he had taken for that express purpose). There were three charming children – Thomas, Monica and Michael – with beautiful manners: he told them that as they could not talk English and therefore could not do much to entertain me in conversation, they would have to perform for me; so in they came with three little flutes, and tootled three melodious little trios very nicely.

Other exceptional events were the introduction of a news-reel team into one lecture in Berlin – three very powerful searchlights trained most painfully on me, and a rattle like machine guns; and the searchlights used up all the electric current so that there was none left for the microphone, and the people who couldn’t hear me protested. Microphones have a way of failing in Germany, just as their bath and washstand stoppers leak. (I find it difficult to wash when I can’t make the water stop in one place). ILilje, Johannes (Hanns);a1 took part in a religious discussion group of Bishop Lilje7 which lasted a whole day, and after lunch had to address about 40 schoolchildren who were brought in to see me (I don’t think they understood what I said, but as their teacher of English was present they had to pretend that they did). The most tiring was having to lecture in Hannover and in Brunswick on the same day (with receptions of course); and flying from Frankfurt to Munich in an American army plane with a dozen G.I.’s, change, lunch rapidly, lecture at 3 in the university, attend a reception by the Rector (Rectors of German Universities, by the way, have to be addressed as ‘Magnificenz!’ and Deans of Cathedrals as ‘Spectabilitaet!’ and lecture again at 7, followed by a brief press interview, followed by supper in a restaurant.

The rest of Germany will have to keep for my Official Report.

Youtravels, trips and plansTSE's January 1950 voyage to South Africa;g9;a3 may be quite sure that I shall refuse to appear in public in Cape Town! TheFabers, theon 1950 South Africa trip;i1 Fabers will do everything in their power to keep the visit as incognito as possible: and I shall mention the doctor’s orders firmly in any emergency.8 AsEliot, Marion Cushing (TSE's sister);g3 for my doctor, I was of course very disturbed by Marian’s mishap. ButSmith, Theodora ('Dodo') Eliot (TSE's niece)1949 visit to England;d1;a8 he inoculated me last year, and Theodora at the same time as Marian: and I do not think that there is any other explanation except that Marian is a very exceptional case. Theodora told me that the year before, at Rockport, she had an infected finger, and also a bruised leg, and that both took an exceptionally long time to heal. But it was very unfortunate that she had not had her inoculation done in good time before she came.

I imagine you as now working morning, noon and night, with the play as well as the usual routine. Theodora told me that the teachers at her school were driven very hard in December, and that they have to run a bazaar (to help pay for the building) and produce themselves an entertainment (of a comic nature, all the more painful) for the amusement of the parents; and it does seem to me that all you who teach are expected to do a great deal more than you are paid for. And your Christmas and Easter holidays are not only very short, but reduced to a few days by the necessary visit to Commonwealth Avenue. Please tell me about the play you are doing for Christmas.

ICocktail Party, The1950 New York transfer;d7;a6 had hoped that my C. P. might open in Boston, but apparently it is to start at once in New York. I am very doubtful about New York taking it. I do hope it may be possible for you to see it (andGuinness, Alec'most intelligent' British actor;b1 I should like you to meet Alec Guinness, who is the most intelligent male member of his profession here among my limited acquaintance. IWorth, Ireneintelligent;a4 think Irene Worth, who is American, is intelligent, but I have not seen enough of her to know).

WhyHinkley, Eleanor Holmes (TSE's first cousin);e3 shouldn’t you bring Eleanor over to Europe with you next summer? She at least could afford it, I feel sure; and it is time she got away from her very limited environment for a while.

I’ll write again after Brussels.

With much love

TheHotsons, thetheir heartiness;a7 Hotsons have arrived, bearing ham and eggs, and have started at once going to Purcell concerts.

1.EileenPeel, Eileen Peel (1909–99), British stage and screen actor, was to play Lavinia Chamberlayne at Henry Miller’s Theatre in New York, 21 Jan. 1950–13 Jan. 1951; later in London. GreyBlake, Grey Blake (1902–71), British stage and film actor, was to be Peter Quilpe.

2.JohnAnderson, John Anderson (1882–1958): British civil servant and politician; independent Member of Parliament for the Combined Scottish Universities, 1939–40; Lord President of the Council, 1940–3; and Chancellor of the Exchequer, 1939–45. Created 1st Viscount Waverley in 1952.

3.BernardBaruch, Bernard Baruch (1870–1965): wealthy and powerful American financier, stock investor, benefactor and statesman; adviser to Presidents Woodrow Wilson and Franklin D. Roosevelt.

4.PrincessAlice, Princess, Countess of Athlone Alice, Countess of Athlone (1883–1981): last surviving grandchild of Queen Victoria. Her husband was Alexander Cambridge, 1st Earl of Athlone (1874–1957), Governor-General of the Union of South Africa, 1923–30; Governor-General of Canada, 1940–6.

5.LewisDouglas, Lewis Douglas (1894–1974): American politician, diplomat, businessman and academic. Principal of McGill University, 1937–9; US Ambassador to the United Kingdom, 1947–50.

6.JosefPieper, Josef Pieper (1904–97): German Catholic philosopher influenced by Thomas Aquinas, Professor of Philosophical Anthropology at the University of Münster, 1950–76. His noted publications include Leisure, the Basis of Culture, trans. Alexander Dru, with introduction by TSE (F&F, 1952); The End of Time: A Meditation on the Philosophy of History, trans. Michael Bullock (1954); and The Silence of St Thomas, trans. Daniel O’Connor (F&F, 1957).

7.JohannesLilje, Johannes (Hanns) (Hanns) Lilje (1899–1977), German Lutheran prelate and ecumenist who was confined for many years first in Dachau and then at the Buchenwald concentration camp. From 1947 he served as Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran State Church in Hanover. He was to become Presiding Bishop of the United Evangelical Lutheran Church of Germany, 1955–69; President of the Lutheran World Federation and World Council of Churches.

8.GeoffreyFaber, Geoffreyseeks to protect TSE's serenity;l1 Faber to R. J. Hardingham, Messrs R. J. Hardingham and John Donaldson, Johannesburg: ‘I feel that I ought to tell you, confidentially, that Mr T. S. Eliot O.M. will be accompanying us on the voyage to the Cape, and will be staying with us – wherever we manage to find accommodation – until he returns to England by the Edinburgh Castle, leaving Cape Town on February 3rd. The voyage out and back and the stay of a fortnight in South Africa are meant to be a complete holiday for him, away from the incessant engagements that he has been overwhelmed with for some time past. In fact he is taking this holiday on the advice of his doctor. So you will see how important is it not to bring him into the limelight; and I must ask you, at any rate for the time being, to keep this news entirely to yourselves. I suppose that it will be impossible to prevent his presence in South Africa from becoming known; and I shall have to rely on your cooperation in protecting him from publicity’ (Faber Archive).

Alice, Princess, Countess of Athlone,

4.PrincessAlice, Princess, Countess of Athlone Alice, Countess of Athlone (1883–1981): last surviving grandchild of Queen Victoria. Her husband was Alexander Cambridge, 1st Earl of Athlone (1874–1957), Governor-General of the Union of South Africa, 1923–30; Governor-General of Canada, 1940–6.

Anderson, John,

2.JohnAnderson, John Anderson (1882–1958): British civil servant and politician; independent Member of Parliament for the Combined Scottish Universities, 1939–40; Lord President of the Council, 1940–3; and Chancellor of the Exchequer, 1939–45. Created 1st Viscount Waverley in 1952.

Baruch, Bernard,

3.BernardBaruch, Bernard Baruch (1870–1965): wealthy and powerful American financier, stock investor, benefactor and statesman; adviser to Presidents Woodrow Wilson and Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Blake, Grey,

1.EileenPeel, Eileen Peel (1909–99), British stage and screen actor, was to play Lavinia Chamberlayne at Henry Miller’s Theatre in New York, 21 Jan. 1950–13 Jan. 1951; later in London. GreyBlake, Grey Blake (1902–71), British stage and film actor, was to be Peter Quilpe.

Cocktail Party, The, copy inscribed to Miss Swan, Martin Browne's preference for a popular play, plot ruminated, still a distant prospect, deferred by war, at last begun, being written, EH begs TSE to continue, stimulated by the Martin Brownes, titled and nearly drafted, interrupted, attempts to reconcile EH to title, to be discussed with Brownes, to be continued in Princeton, end in prospect, TSE rewriting, alternative titles, its star appeal, 1949 Edinburgh Festival production, Martin Browne to produce, production schedule, the Martin Browne collaboration, 'reading' for, reviewed, cuts made during rehearsal, TSE's opening-night impressions, stage-set for, copy to be sent to EH, EH on, TSE disavows autobiographical basis, post-Edinburgh prospects, 1949 Theatre Royal, Brighton run, its fate, closing, 1950 New York transfer, TSE skeptical of, its fate, being negotiated, fixed, revisions made in mind of, alarmingly successful, royalties from, prospects beyond 1 June 1950, final act still being rewritten, its reception, EH's second opinion on, 1950 New Theatre production, preliminary week in Southsea, its fate, opening night, to close with provinicial tour, comes off at New Theatre, Mrs Nef's reading-group reading, in which TSE reads Reilly, and casting for Confidential Clerk, its first draft, difficult to produce in France, 1954 Théâtre du Vieux-Colombier production, reception, Muriel Spark on, EH detects hidden meaning in,
Douglas, Lewis,

5.LewisDouglas, Lewis Douglas (1894–1974): American politician, diplomat, businessman and academic. Principal of McGill University, 1937–9; US Ambassador to the United Kingdom, 1947–50.

Eden, Anthony, resigns, at TSE's Cambridge degree ceremony, compared to Labour alternative, as prime minister,

1.TheEden, Anthony Rt. Hon. Anthony Eden, MC, MP (1897–1977), Conservative politician; Foreign Secretary, 1940–5; Prime Minister, 1955–7. Appointed to the Order of the Garter, 1954; raised to the peerage as Earl of Avon, 1961.

Eliot, Marion Cushing (TSE's sister), described, her reading habits, not a suitable confidant, TSE reflects on reunion with, Symphony concerts with TSE, to the cinema with TSE, delighted with first Norton lecture, recommends TSE hairdresser for baldness, attends second Norton lecture, hosts birthday party for Margaret, remembered in St. Louis, worried by Dodo's manner, TSE's pride in, vigilant on TSE's health, on Randolph family holiday, congratulates TSE on separation, 1934 summer in England with Dodo, July arrival anticipated, arrangements for, visit to Chipping Campden, off to Salisbury, walks to Kelmscott, returns from Winchester, forces Regent's Park on TSE, excessively humble, next to Ada in TSE's affections, protects TSE from overbearing Hinkleys, supported Landon over FDR, co-hosts Murder party, 1939 summer in England with Dodo, trip in doubt, Southwold week planned, due 19 June, taken to Dulwich, ballet and dinner with, Southwold holiday with, given to post-lunch naps, sends Christmas supplies to Shamley, as correspondent, easiest Eliot in Ada's absence, experiences crisis, importance as sister, Henry's fondness for, devoutly Unitarian, ignorant of Henry's true condition, undernourished, abortive 1948 summer in England, cancelled, which comes as relief, hosts family dinner-party, letter about Nobel Prize to, TSE leaves money with, 1949 visit to England with Dodo, June arrival anticipated, plans for, EH bids 'bon voyage', visit to Cambridge, return from Southwold, Borders tour, Basil Street Hotel stay, Thanksgiving with, reports on Dr Perkins's funeral, efforts to support financially, tethered to Margaret, joins TSE in St. Louis, 1954 trip to England with Dodo, visit to Ely and Cambridge, in light of Margaret's death, invoked against EH, TSE to Theresa on,

1.Marian/MarionEliot, Marion Cushing (TSE's sister) Cushing Eliot (1877–1964), fourth child of Henry Ware Eliot and Charlotte Eliot: see Biographical Register.

Eliot, Theresa Garrett (TSE's sister-in-law), witness to the Eliots in 1926, draws TSE, co-hosts Murder party, remembers TSE's intention to marry EH, her immaturity, expresses solicitude for EH, careless of Henry's health, inflator of rumours, apparently ill, a 'lovely person', as correspondent, more agreeable than an Eliot, TSE on, unsuited to resist Margaret, and Henry's mania for Eliotana, wishes to take Henry on holiday following illness, made fretful by Henry, relationship with Henry, ignorant of Henry's true condition, on EH and TSE, after Henry's death, sends TSE Henry's old greatcoat, EH reports on, visits lawyer with TSE, avid for Eliotana, star-struck, undergoes operation on ear, for which TSE bears cost, hosts TSE in 1952, hosts TSE in 1955, custodian of Henry's collection, hosts TSE in 1956, visits England, on whether to return EH's letters, on TSE not marrying EH,
Faber, Geoffrey, made TSE's literary executor, described for EH, as friend, overawed by Joyce, recounts the Eliots' dinner-party, discusses international situation with TSE, his annual effort to diet, introduced to TSE by Whibley, favours TSE taking Norton Professorship, suggests garden-party for TSE, mislays key to Hale correspondence, writes to TSE about separation, which he helps TSE over, blesses Scotland tour with whisky, victim of Holmesian prank, favours 'The Archbishop Murder Case', Times articles on Newman, Russell Square proclaims his gentlemanly standards, forgives TSE and Morley's prank, as tennis-player, champion of Haig biography, social insecurities, and the Faber family fortune, advertises 'Pollicle Dogs and Jellicle Cats', at lavish lunch for Dukes, relieved that 'Work in Progress' progresses, and JDH, needs persuading over Nightwood, on Edward VIII's abdication, Old Buffer's Dinner for, wins at Monopoly, and the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, thrilled by complimentary tickets, The Family Reunion described to, in line to read Family Reunion, has mumps, composes Alcaics from sickbed, at TSE and JDH's dinner, shares EH's Family Reunion criticism, on TSE's dinner-party bearing, discusses F&F's wartime plans, on meeting Ralph Hodgson, asks TSE to stay on during war, takes TSE to Oxford, argues with Major-General Swinton, and Purchase Tax exertions, and Literary Society membership, TSE's wartime intimacy with, drops teeth on beach, offers criticisms of 'Rudyard Kipling', falsely promised Literary Society membership, but eventually elected, helps revise TSE's Classical Association address, reports to Conversative Education Committee, deputed to America on publishing business, returned from America, Ada too ill to see, discusses National Service on BBC, depended on for breakfast, as fire-watching companion, and TSE rearrange attic at 23 Russell Square, recommends blind masseuse to TSE, in nursing home, and the Spender–Campbell spat, on TSE's Order of Merit, approached for essay on TSE, seeks to protect TSE's serenity, as Captain Kidd, wins fancy-dress prize, TSE's trip to Spain with, and National Book League, receives knighthood, on TSE's paroxysmal tachycardia, dies, his death,
see also Fabers, the

11.GeoffreyFaber, Geoffrey Faber (1889–1961), publisher and poet: see Biographical Register.

Fabers, the, model of happiness and respectability, their domestic situation, Faber children to tea chez Eliot, visit TSE at Pike's Farm, compared to the Morleys, closer to TSE than to VHE, 1933 summer holiday with, Ty Glyn Aeron described, request TSE to write play, too absorbed in their children, at the Morleys' party, give anti-Nazi party for author, host poker party, 1934 summer holiday with, take TSE to lunch in Oxford, 1935 summer holiday with, for which the children are bought tent, give party, 1936 summer holiday with, at Morleys' Thanksgiving Day party, sail model boats with TSE, and TSE's foggy adventure, cinema-going with TSE, take TSE to Witch of Edmonton, and Morleys take TSE to pantomime, and TSE attend opening of Ascent of F6, 1937 summer holiday with, and the Bradfield Greek play, School for Scandal with, take TSE to pantomime again, 1938 summer holiday with, 1939 summer holiday with, offer possible wartime refuge, 1940 summer holiday with, host TSE in Hampstead during war, TSE makes bread sauce for, brought vegetables from Shamley, move to Minsted, and TSE attend musical revue, 1941 summer holiday with, Minsted as substitute for nursing-home, trying to sell Welsh home, take TSE to International Squadron, invite TSE to Wales for Christmas, host TSE at Minsted, away fishing in Scotland, mourn TSE's post-war independence, 1947 Minsted summer stay, 1948 Minsted summer stay, host TSE for weekend, on 1950 South Africa trip, on TSE's 1951 Spain trip, 1951 Minsted summer stay, 1952 Minsted summer stay, 1953 Minsted summer stay, on 1953–4 South Africa trip, 35th wedding anniversary weekend,
Germany, and The Road Back, and Triumphal March, needs to cooperate with Britain and France, and TSE's Lloyds war-work, TSE listening to speeches from, its actresses, and its Jewish population, in light of Versailles, Oldham reports on religious resistance in, remilitarises the Rhineland, its territorial ambitions under Hitler, Germans compared to Austrians, under Nazism, Duncan-Jones on religious persecution in, German conduct in warfare, Germans compared to Swedes, TSE's post-war sense of duty to, TSE diagnoses its totalitarian slide, TSE urges renewed cultural relations with, TSE on visiting,
Groser, Fr St. John B., to be screen-tested,

4.GeorgeHoellering, George M.discovers Father Groser of Stepney;b8n Hoellering to TSE, 20 Apr. 1949: ‘AsGroser, Fr St. John B. you know I have searched for a long time to cast the part of the Archbishop for “Murder in the Cathedral”. I have seen many actors and found no one who genuinely look [sic] like an Archbishop. I then looked amongst non-actors, and at last I think I have found the right man. He is Father Groser of Stepney. I have spoken to him and he is already taking a great interest in the film. He has studied the script, and this morning I screened your recording for him for two hours.

Guinness, Alec, as Hamlet, in Martin Browne's Coriolanus, desires to act for TSE, keen on Cocktail Party, at Cocktail Party reading, praised by The Times, in The Cocktail Party, 'most intelligent' British actor, desires London Cocktail Party production, superior to Rex Harrison, at TSE's Cocktail Party buffet, would turn down anyone for TSE, presses TSE for new play, wouldn't work for Sherek,

5.AlecGuinness, Alec Guinness (1914–2000), distinguished English actor: see Biographical Register.

Hinkley, Eleanor Holmes (TSE's first cousin), announces presence in London, TSE regrets speaking lightly of, un-deracinated, compared to TSE, TSE shares EH's frustrations with, less perceptive than her mother, gives party for Eva Le Gallienne, unworldly, theatrical success might improve, takes TSE to football match, dances with TSE, at second Norton lecture, as EH's friend, unflattering photograph of, and EH attend American Murder, suspected of writing by the book, to Aunt Susie as Hope Mirrlees to Mappie, pursues adult education, prejudices TSE against George Baker, cossetted, TSE feels remote from, explodes two Stearns family myths, reportedly writing novel, and life after Aunt Susie, turned carer, passes up EH's invitation, recollected as girl, TSE attempts to lure to England, her impersonality, invites TSE to stay in Boston, reports on Margaret's funeral, TSE's improved relations with, as 1956 hostess, reports on EH, informs EH of TSE's health, engineers correspondence between EVE and EH, adaptation of Emma, central to TSE falling for EH, Charlotte Brontë play, TSE presents to London Play Company, TSE's verdict on, compared to Dear Jane, Dear Jane, to be produced in New York, consumes her, TSE happy to dodge premiere, but hopes to catch over Christmas, well reviewed in certain quarters, White Violets,
see also Hinkleys, the

5.EleanorHinkley, Eleanor Holmes (TSE's first cousin) Holmes Hinkley (1891–1971), playwright; TSE’s first cousin; daughter of Susan Heywood Stearns – TSE’s maternal aunt – and Holmes Hinkley: see Biographical Register.

Hotsons, the, compared to Paul More as hosts, described for EH, their heartiness, looking after Georgina Dobrée,
Lilje, Johannes (Hanns),

7.JohannesLilje, Johannes (Hanns) (Hanns) Lilje (1899–1977), German Lutheran prelate and ecumenist who was confined for many years first in Dachau and then at the Buchenwald concentration camp. From 1947 he served as Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran State Church in Hanover. He was to become Presiding Bishop of the United Evangelical Lutheran Church of Germany, 1955–69; President of the Lutheran World Federation and World Council of Churches.

Murder in the Cathedral, idea for initially suggested by Laurence Irving, offered to Martin Browne, St. Thomas as TSE's muse, TSE on writing, tentatively, 'The Archbishop Murder Case', uncertainties over title, currently 'Fear in the Way', which proves unpopular, TSE on rewriting, title settled on, final revisions for printer, tentatively critiqued by EH, and EH on TSE as dramatist, chorus copied for EH, Virginia Woolf's aspersions on, the form of its choruses, defended from obscurity, did not test TSE's plotting, book-sales to-date, $1,000 offered for American rights, pays for 1936 American trip, Italian and Hungarian rights sold, and Whiggery, Savile Club dinner to celebrate, compared to next play, discrepancies of Canterbury Text, Martin Browne's initial response to, TSE recognised as author of, TSE on its cheerful title, EH on, abandoned Mercury Theatre premiere, suggested by Yeats and Doone, in the offing, and Doone's response to first draft, EH requested at, imperilled, text copied for Yeats, 1935 Canterbury Festival production, in rehearsal, opening night, reception, final performance, and EH's response, 1935–6 Mercury Theatre revival, Martin Browne pushing for, in rehearsal, which EH attends, compared to Canterbury original, at the box-office, its 100th performance, still running, proposed tour to end, 1936 BBC radio version, BBC bid to produce, broadcast fixed, BBC memo on, in rehearsal, TSE on, abortive 1936 New York transfer, Dukes visits America to arrange, blighted by Brace's actions, quashed by Federal Theatre production, its usurper founders, deferred to autumn, unsolicited 1936 New York production, licensed by Brace, to be directed by Rice, seemingly withdrawn, Rice resigns from, delights EH and Eleanor Hinkley, TSE sent press-cuttings for, EH reports on, TSE speculates as to textual discrepancies, attended by Eleanor Roosevelt, extended and potentially expanded, TSE to the Transcript on, may predispose immigration authorities favourably in future, royalties from, 1936 University College, Dublin student production, described by TSE, rumoured Australian and American productions, 1936 Gate Theatre touring production, TSE's long-held wish, scheduled, 1936 touring production, due at the Arts Theatre, Cambridge, as it was played in Cambridge, 1936 America pirate production, 1937 Duchess Theatre West End transfer, date fixed for, announced in Times, dress-rehearsal attended, reception, reviewed, royalties, still playing, ticket sales pick up, coming to an end, receives royal visit, 1937 touring production, scheduled post-Duchess, beginning in Leeds, then Manchester, going strong, 1937 Harvard University production, 1937 Amherst College production, singled out for praise, 1937 Old Vic production, touring production arrived at, in rehearsal, 1937 Tewkesbury Drama Festival production, 1938 American tour, projected for January 1937, said date seconded by Dukes, deferred to September 1937, confirmed again by Dukes, pre-tour dates in Golders Green, then Liverpool, opening in Boston in January, over which EH is consulted, tour itinerary, Family Reunion keeps TSE from, preparatory re-rehearsal for, pre-crossing Liverpool dates, EH's judgement desired, EH reports on first night, reviewed in The Times, EH sends New York cuttings, prematurely transferred to New York, Dukes reports on, Westminster Cathedral Hall charity performance, 1940 Latham Mercury revival, revival suggested in rep with Family Reunion, wartime modern-dress production suggested, ambushes TSE, in rehearsal, first night, reviewed, Browne's wartime Pilgrim Players' adaptation, Hoellering film, Hoellering's initial approach made, Hoellering's vision for, TSE adapting for screen, reconnoitre of Canterbury for, casting Becket, recording made for, development process described to NYT, non-actor found for Becket, screenings of Groser, set-dressing, screening, approaching release, still in the edit, final screening, and Venice Film Festival, seeking distribution, soon to premiere, opens, initial reception, circulating in shortened version, 1945 Théâtre du Vieux Colombier production, compared to Martin Browne's, royalties, apparently a hit, reviewed, reaches 150 performances, Fluchère's involvement, 1946 German production, 1947 Edinburgh Festival production, 1948 Milton Academy production, 1949 broadcast, 1949 Berlin production, politically resonant, 1952 University of Rennes, Grand Théâtre abridgment, 1952 Théatre National Populaire production, 1953 Old Vic revival, waiting on Donat, TSE on, 1954 Harvard production,
Peel, Eileen, as Lavinia in Cocktail Party,

1.EileenPeel, Eileen Peel (1909–99), British stage and screen actor, was to play Lavinia Chamberlayne at Henry Miller’s Theatre in New York, 21 Jan. 1950–13 Jan. 1951; later in London. GreyBlake, Grey Blake (1902–71), British stage and film actor, was to be Peter Quilpe.

Pieper, Josef, and family charm TSE, TSE's preface for, Leisure the Basis of Culture,

6.JosefPieper, Josef Pieper (1904–97): German Catholic philosopher influenced by Thomas Aquinas, Professor of Philosophical Anthropology at the University of Münster, 1950–76. His noted publications include Leisure, the Basis of Culture, trans. Alexander Dru, with introduction by TSE (F&F, 1952); The End of Time: A Meditation on the Philosophy of History, trans. Michael Bullock (1954); and The Silence of St Thomas, trans. Daniel O’Connor (F&F, 1957).

Smith, Theodora ('Dodo') Eliot (TSE's niece), 1931 visit to England, described, to lunch with Lucia Joyce and Barbara Hutchinson, TSE's almost fatherly affection for, in contrast to her sister, at Eliot family Thanksgiving, attends second Norton lecture, TSE reports on from Boston, TSE cultivates, and Marion's 1934 visit to England, visit to Chipping Campden, visit to Salisbury, walk with TSE to Kelmscott, Regent's Park visit, TSE on, 1935 visit to England, taken to the ballet, at the Russian ballet's Aurore, to tea with cousins, her way of addressing relations, TSE tells Trevelyan about, 1936 visit to England, ballet outing, taken to Cheetham's pageant, taken to Kensington Gardens, returns to America with TSE, 1938 visit to England, with Chardy, and Marion's 1939 visit to England, in doubt, Southwold week, taken to Dulwich, taken to ballet and dinner, writes to TSE, visited in Baltimore, 1949 visit to England, taken to Cambridge, then to Southwold, tours the Borders with TSE, 1950 visit to England, taken to The Cocktail Party, due for the summer, recovering from operation, arrives from Scotland, 1953 visit to England, in Edinburgh for Confidential Clerk, 1954 visit to England, 1955 visit to England, reports on the American weather, 1956 visit to England,

2.TheodoraSmith, Theodora ('Dodo') Eliot (TSE's niece) Eliot Smith (1904–92) – ‘Dodo’ – daughter of George Lawrence and Charlotte E. Smith: see Biographical Register. Theodora’sSmith, Charlotte ('Chardy') Stearns (TSE's niece) sister was Charlotte Stearns Smith (b. 1911), known as ‘Chardy’.

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University of London, awards TSE degree,
Worth, Irene, reputation enhanced by Cocktail Party, praised by The Times, in The Cocktail Party, intelligent, compared to Margaret Leighton, as Celia, in The Queen and the Rebels,

6.IreneWorth, Irene Worth (1916–2002), hugely talented American stage and screen actor, was to progress from TSE’s play to international stardom on stage and screen. She joined the Old Vic company in 1951, as a leading actor under Tyrone Guthrie; and in 1953 she appeared at the Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Ontario, where her appearances included a further partnership with Alec Guinness (Hotel Paradiso). In 1962 she joined the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Aldwych Theatre, London, where her roles included a remorseless Goneril to Paul Scofield’s Lear in Peter Brook’s production of King Lear. In 1968 she played a dynamic Jocasta in Brook’s production of Seneca’s Oedipus (trans. Ted Hughes) – featuring a huge golden phallus – alongside John Gielgud. Numerous acting awards fell to her remarkable work: a BAFTA, and three Tony Awards including the award for Best Actress in a Play for Tiny Alice (1965), and yet another Tony for Best Featured Actress in Lost in Yonkers (1991).