[22 Paradise Rd., Northampton, Mass.]

T. S.Eliot
Letter no. 29.
22 February 1940
My dearest,

The first censored letter turned up yesterday: not mine, but one from New York to somebody else in the office.

I should have written several days ago but for three things. FirstEast CokerTSE on writing;a6, having had my weekend released for private purposes, I was taken in the throes of a poem I have been fiddling about with for some time, and was taken with the throes, a state in which it seems quite impossible to get on with anything else until the poem, good or bad, is expelled. I fear that the last section shows signs of the effort, and will need some re-writing; and for aught I know the whole may be poor; but the main point was achieved, that I can now attend to other things, and try to amend the verse at leisure in a more detached mood. It is of about 225 lines, entitled ‘East Coker’: I shall probably squat on it for some time before I expose it to view. TheNew English WeeklyTSE attacks H. G. Wells in;b5 second interruption was having to write some editorial notes for the N.E.W. on the correspondence elicited in the ‘Daily Herald’ on H. G. Wells’s ‘Rights of Man’ Declaration; 1 theMurder in the Cathedral1940 Latham Mercury revival;f8in rehearsal;a5 thirdMercury Theatre, Londonnew Murder revival at;c3 was going to a rehearsal of Murder at the Mercury. I have not yet been quite able to unshuffle the views of the Brownes about it, not having seen Martin since I found him in bed with laryngitis, and it would seem that Henzie was more opposed to this production than Martin was; anyway, it would appear that Martin and Ashley each thought that the other was going to speak to me about it, and no one did. I do not think the production will be too bad, from what I have seen. They will have new costumes for the chorus, anyway (reduced to four for the size of the Mercury stage and convenience of taking the show on tour); andSansom, Robertas Becket in Murder;a1 theSpeaight, Robertcompared to Robert Sansom;d5 young man Sansom 2 who is playing Becket strikes me as intelligent and likely to do a more interesting interpretation than Speaight. He is not much taller, and of course has not the vocal power which is Bobby’s chief asset; but he is less pompous. So, although I wonder whether the interest in the play will be strong enough to carry it, I did not see any reason for vetoing the affair. I shall see some more rehearsals next week. I have advised them to cut out the Deathbringers Chorus because I do not find it convincing with so few voices; 3 the other choruses can be adapted well enough.

IChristian News-Letter (CNL)'Education in a Mass Society';b5 am also brooding on a possible C.N.L. supplement that Oldham wants me to write on Education; 4 ifClarke, Professor Sir Frederick;a1 ILöwe, Adolfdiffers from TSE on education;a3 do it, I hope that it will provide me with the start for something longer on the same subject, which might make a small book, or part of a book: IMoberley, Sir Walter;a4 shall have to criticise the views of some of my more specialised colleagues, such as Moberly, Clark5 and Loewe.

DinedSpender, Stephenhis first marriage;b7 lastConnolly, Cyriland Spender busy on Horizon;a2 night with Stephen Spender, who is as talkative and active as ever, immersed in a monthly literary magazine ‘Horizon’ which he and Cyril Connolly are running. I think, however, that he shows signs of maturing, and have some hopes for him. IPearn, InezTSE's obiter dictum on;a1 thinkMadge, Charleselopes with Spender's wife;a6 that the experience of having his wife elope with Charles Madge may have taught him something, though perhaps not so much as it might.6 I never expected the marriage to last; it did not have very deep foundations, and I doubt whether Stephen is a person altogether qualified for marriage anyway. There was a mixture of vanity, desire for companionship, and a kind of paternal tenderness: but hardly enough, I should think, to satisfy any normal woman. Not that she struck me as altogether normal either; my impression was that she was stupid and somewhat pretentiously stupid, and I should think, morally sub-normal. Still, he has suffered, though what has been wounded in him is perhaps not real love.

IHaysum, Maria Mary ('Molly');a1 haveEnglandChipping Campden, Gloucestershire;e1without EH;b1 thought of taking advantage of Mrs. Haysum’s 7 offer, when the weather has more promise of spring and one can become more independent of the comforts of town: though I am in two minds as to whether I want to visit Campden when you are not there. (There is one thought suddenly comes to me, and that is that when you next come to England your dollars will probably be worth more here than ever before). I am not sure that I shall not prefer to wait for your return, because my mind would be full of the question of whether you are coming to Campden again; the memories would be both delicious and painful; but I don’t think I shall know what I shall do until the moment comes when I shall ask: ‘shall I write to-day to Mrs. Haysum or not?’ One hopes that there will be a house and a garden somewhere, but even that is not essential.

IEliot, Theresa Garrett (TSE's sister-in-law);b3 am glad that you were able to speak to Theresa; IEliot, Henry Ware, Jr. (TSE's brother);f2 should have asked you to try to find out how Henry was, and if possible have a look at him, had there been time. Anddogs'Boerre' (Norwegian Elkhound);b7;c6 I am always glad of news of Boerre. IPerkinses, the;j4 shall try to write to the Perkins’s soon: I am in arrears with much correspondence; and every friend whom I cease to see becomes a new correspondent. IMorley, Christina (née Innes);c3 haven’tMorley, Christina Margaret Peregrine ('Perry');a1 even written to Christina since the new baby (female) was born.8 ILewis, Wyndhamdeparted for America;b6 did know that Wyndham Lewis had gone to America in October, but forgot to mention it; and I had had no news of it for some time. ILewis, Wyndhamand the fate of TSE's portrait;b7 did not know where he was, and I did not know about the sale of the portrait. Well, it will be safely out of the way in South Africa; 9 I think it is a very fine painting, but am more doubtful of it as a portrait: therefore it is best in the hands of someone who does not know the sitter!

I am glad that you have a small class, as you can do so much more with it if the material is at all good; and I pray that you may be having a quiet and serene Lent.

Your very loving

1.See too TSE’s letter of 20 Jan. 1939, published in The Guardian: The Church Newspaper, 26 Jan. 1940, 43: CProse 6, 5–6.

2.RobertSansom, Robert Sansom (1903–79), actor; subsequently best known for film and TV work.

3.The chorus, in part 2 of Murder in the Cathedral, opens: ‘I have smelt them, the death-bringers …’

4.TSE, ‘Education in a Mass Society’, Christian News-Letter 20 (13 Mar. 1940), Supp.: CProse 6, 19–26.

5.ProfessorClarke, Professor Sir Frederick Sir Frederick Clarke (1880–1952), Professor of Education; Director of the Institute of Education, University of London, 1936–45; member of ‘The Moot’. His major publications include Essays in the Politics of Education (1923); Education and Social Change: an English interpretation (1940); Freedom in the Educative Society (1948).

6.InezPearn, Inez Pearn (1913–76) – she was christened Marie Agnes Pearn, and later published fiction as Elizabeth Lake – child of a broken marriage who was brought up in convent boarding schools, won a scholarship to Somerville College, Oxford, where she read Spanish Literature. After meeting Spender at Oxford, she married him just three weeks later, in Dec. 1936. Two years later, she met the poet and sociologist Charles Madge (married at the time to the poet Kathleen Raine), and in 1939 she left Spender for Madge: she and Madge were to be married in 1942, and they had two children. In later years she published well-received novels including Spanish Portrait (1945), Marguerite Reilly (1946) and The First Rebellion (1951).

7.MariaHaysum, Maria Mary ('Molly') Mary ‘Molly’ Haysum, née Keyte (1888–1963), wife of George Haysum (1883–1963), who transported goods to and from Campden station and the town – whence his nickname ‘Bussy’. They lived at 12 Sheep Street, Chipping Campden, where Mrs Haysum took in paying guests. (My thanks to Carol Jackson, Chipping Campden Historical Society.)

8.ChristinaMorley, Christina Margaret Peregrine ('Perry') Margaret Peregrine Morley – ‘Perry’ – was born on 6 Feb. 1940.

9.The Wyndham Lewis portrait of TSE, having been rejected outright by the Royal Academy, was purchased in Dec. 1939 by the Durban Art Gallery. See Jaron Murphy, ‘“The Picture Caused a Rumpus”: Revisiting the T. S. Eliot Portrait’s New Lease of Life at the Durban Art Gallery, South Africa’, The Journal of Wyndham Lewis Studies 8 (2017).

Christian News-Letter (CNL), TSE's way of writing for, described, first number, TSE's commitment to as war work, TSE on Papal Encyclical, TSE's colleagues not quite friends, becoming too politic for TSE, features TSE on Wells's New World Order, 'Education in a Mass Society', TSE's guest-editorship of, TSE gives talk for, relocates to Oxford, 'Responsibility and Power', TSE, Hambleden and Mrs Bliss discuss,
Clarke, Professor Sir Frederick,

5.ProfessorClarke, Professor Sir Frederick Sir Frederick Clarke (1880–1952), Professor of Education; Director of the Institute of Education, University of London, 1936–45; member of ‘The Moot’. His major publications include Essays in the Politics of Education (1923); Education and Social Change: an English interpretation (1940); Freedom in the Educative Society (1948).

Connolly, Cyril, reviews Collected Poems, and Spender busy on Horizon, and TSE discuss Horizon,

CyrilConnolly, Cyril Connolly (1903–74): English literary critic and author; editor of the literary magazine Horizon, 1940–9; joint chief book reviewer for the Sunday Times, 1952–74. Works include The Rock Pool (novel, 1935), Enemies of Promise (1938), The Unquiet Grave (1944). See Connolly, ‘Revolutionary out of Missouri’, Sunday Times, 10 Jan. 1956, 38.

dogs, TSE imagines himself as EH's dog, Pollicle, endear Hodgson to TSE, EH fond of, TSE wishes to give EH, TSE enthuses over with Ambassador Stimson's wife, death of Lord Lisburne's gun-dog, wish to buy EH dog reaffirmed, James Thurber's dog, wish to buy EH dog develops, TSE's wish that EH choose dog for him, of Shamley Wood, Aberdeen Terrier, belonging to Gerald Graham, TSE against, Alsatian, bites F&F sales manager in Cheltenham, Blue Bedlington Terrier, TSE wishes to bring EH, related to the Kerry Blue, TSE fantasises with Hodgson about breeding, TSE wishes EH might have, 'Boerre' (Norwegian Elkhound), travels to America, described, and right-hand traffic, TSE receives photo of, affords EH exercise, envied by TSE, scourge of Northampton, cuts foot, when chasing squirrel, suspected attempt to abduct, 'disorderly', 'cantankerous', taking unaccompanied exercise, decorated at dog-show, goes missing, not taken to Maine, EH decides to give up, poignant photograph of, dies, Bull Terrier, Ralph Hodgson's 'Picky' bites cat, home found for 'Picky', Hodgson fantasises with TSE about breeding, Dachshund, among TSE's preferred short-legged breeds, Hope Mirrlees's 'Mary', elkhound, belonging to Mrs Eames, as breed for EH, Jack Russell, among TSE's preferred short-legged breeds, possible replacement for Boerre, Kerry Blue, related to Blue Bedlington Terrier, at Army and Navy stores, Labrador, the Morleys' eight puppies, the Morleys', Pekingese, TSE averse to, belonging to Mrs Behrens, 'Polly' (the Eliots' Yorkshire Terrier), falls off roof, taken to have wound dressed, barks at Hungarian language, Poodle, as breed for EH, 'Rag Doll' (Scottish Terrier), travels to Grand Manan, TSE receives photo of, EH gives up, Samoyed, considered for EH, spaniel, belonging to the Fabers, Staffordshire Terrier, Hodgson advises Miss Wilberforce on,
East Coker, its Kensington origins, and TSE's cousins' visit, TSE's own plan to visit eponymous village, which he does, TSE returns to East Coker, TSE on writing, and Yeats's Purgatory, needs polishing, ready for printer, EH sent, decision to print in NEW, TSE on its mood, sales, reception, EH yet to receive, EH promised shilling edition, broadcast by BBC Eastern Service, draft inevitably bought by Gallup, TSE recites for Czechs, EH recounts recitation of, TSE's recording of,
Eliot, Henry Ware, Jr. (TSE's brother), hears TSE's Dryden broadcast, as potential confidant, sibling most attuned to TSE's needs, witness to the Eliots in 1926, surprises TSE in Boston, his aura of futility, disputes New Yorker profile of TSE, at Eliot family Thanksgiving, attends second Norton lecture, his business in Chicago, hosts TSE in New York, TSE reads his second detective story, his immaturity, accuses TSE of wrath, writes TSE long critical letter, the favourite of TSE's parents, sends New York Murder clippings, writes again about religion, insensitive to European affairs, Peabody Museum employ as research associate, gives TSE pyjamas for Christmas, sends TSE luggage for Christmas, hosts Murder's Boston cast, sends present to Morley children, cables TSE on 50th birthday, given draft of Family Reunion, gives TSE portfolio, champions Kauffer's photograph of TSE, explains operation on ears, sends list of securities, takes pleasure in shouldering Margaret, undergoes serious operation, recovering at home, as curator of Eliotana, as curator of Eliotana, war imperils final reunion with, and TSE's rumoured Vatican audience, corresponds with TSE monthly, offers Tom Faber wartime refuge, nervous about TSE during Blitz, as described by Frank Morley, recalls The Dry Salvages, has appendix out, cautioned as to health, frail, condition worries TSE, as correspondent, friend to J. J. Sweeney, tries TSE's patience, reports on Ada, describes Ada's funeral, beleaguered by Margaret, sent Picture Post F&F photos, likened to Grandfather Stearns, goitre operated on, his archaeological endeavours, back in hospital, imagined in exclusively female company, ill again, as brother, has pneumonia, terminal leukaemia, prospect of his death versus Ada's, anxieties induced by deafness, writes to TSE despite illness, death, memorial service for, on EH's presumption, Michael Roberts's symptoms reminiscent of, his Chicago acquaintance, friends with Robert Lowell's father, invoked against EH, on TSE's love for EH, buried in Garrett family lot, The Rumble Murders,

3.HenryEliot, Henry Ware, Jr. (TSE's brother) Ware Eliot (1879–1947), TSE’s older brother: 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,
England, TSE as transatlantic cultural conduit for, discomforts of its larger houses, and Henry James, at times unreal, TSE's patriotic homesickness for, which is not a repudiation of America, TSE's want of relations in, encourages superiority in Americans familiar with, reposeful, natural ally of France, compared to Wales, much more intimate with Europe than America, TSE on his 'exile' in, undone by 'Dividend morality', in wartime, war binds TSE to, post-war, post-war privations, the English, initially strange to TSE, contortions of upward mobility, comparatively rooted as a people, TSE more comfortable distinguishing, the two kinds of duke, TSE's vision of wealthy provincials, its Tories, more blunt than Americans, as congregants, considered racially superior, a relief from the Scottish, don't talk in poetry, compared to the Irish, English countryside, around Hindhead, distinguished, the West Country, compared to New England's, fen country, in primrose season, the English weather, cursed by Joyce, suits mistiness, preferred to America's, distinguished for America's by repose, relaxes TSE, not rainy enough, English traditions, Derby Day, Order of Merit, shooting, Varsity Cricket Match, TSE's dislike of talking cricket, rugby match enthralls, the death of George V, knighthood, the English language, Adlestrop, Gloucestershire, visited by EH and TSE, Amberley, West Sussex, ruined castle at, Arundel, West Sussex, TSE's guide to, Bath, Somerset, TSE 'ravished' by, EH visits, Bemerton, Wiltshire, visited on Herbert pilgrimage, Blockley, Gloucestershire, tea at the Crown, Bosham, West Sussex, EH introduced to, Bridport, Dorset, Tandys settled near, Burford, Oxfordshire, EH staying in, too hallowed to revisit, Burnt Norton, Gloucestershire, TSE remembers visiting, and the Cotswolds, its imagined fate, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, less oppressive than Oxford, TSE's vision of life in, possible refuge during Blitz, Charlbury, Oxfordshire, visited by EH and TSE, Chester, Cheshire, TSE's plans in, TSE on, Chichester, West Sussex, the Perkinses encouraged to visit, EH celebrates birthday in, TSE's guide to, 'The Church and the Artist', TSE gives EH ring in, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, Perkinses take house at, shockingly remote, TSE's first weekend at, likened to Florence, TSE jealous of memories associated with, its Arts & Crafts associations, its attractions to Dr Perkins, forever associated with TSE and EH, sound of the Angelus, without EH, treasured in TSE's memory, excursions from, EH on 'our' garden at, Stamford House passes into new hands, EH's fleeting return to, Cornwall, TSE's visit to, compared to North Devon, Cotswolds, sacred in TSE's memory, Derbyshire, as seen from Swanwick, Devon ('Devonshire'), likened to American South, the Eliots pre-Somerset home, its scenery, Dorset, highly civilised, TSE feels at home in, TSE's Tandy weekend in, Durham, TSE's visit to, East Anglia, its churches, TSE now feels at home in, East Coker, Somerset, visited by Uncle Chris and Abby, TSE conceives desire to visit, reasons for visiting, described, visited again, and the Shamley Cokers, now within Father Underhill's diocese, photographs of, Finchampstead, Berkshire, visited by TSE and EH, specifically the Queen's Head, Framlingham, Suffolk, visited, Garsington, Oxfordshire, recalled, Glastonbury, Somerset, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, Gloucestershire, highly civilised, its beautiful edge, its countryside associated with EH, TSE at home in, its domestic architecture, Hadsleigh, Suffolk, visited, Hampshire, journey through, TSE's New Forest holiday, Hereford, highly civilised, Hull, Yorkshire, and 'Literature and the Modern World', Ilfracombe, Devon, and the Field Marshal, hideous, Knole Park, Kent, Lavenham, Suffolk, visited, Leeds, Yorkshire, TSE lectures in, touring Murder opens in, the Dobrées visited in, home to EVE's family, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, TSE's visit to, especially the Bishop's Palace, Lincolnshire, arouses TSE's curiosity, unknown to EH, Lingfield, Surrey, Little Gidding, Cambridgeshire, TSE's long-intended expedition to, London, in TSE's experience, TSE's isolation within, affords solitude and anonymity, contrasted to country life, its fogs, socially freer than Boston and Paris, eternally misty, its lionhunters, rain preferable in, more 'home' to TSE than America, socially more legible than Boston, its society compared to Boston's, TSE's desire to live among cockneys, South Kensington too respectable, Clerkenwell, Camberwell, Blackheath, Greenwich scouted for lodging, its comparatively vigorous religious life, Camberwell lodging sought, Clerkenwell lodging sought, and music-hall nostalgia, abandoned by society in August, the varieties of cockney, TSE's East End sojourn, South Kensington grows on TSE, prepares for Silver Jubilee, South Kensington street names, Dulwich hallowed in memory, so too Greenwich, during 1937 Coronation, preparing for war, Dulwich revisited with family, in wartime, TSE as air-raid warden in, Long Melford, Suffolk, Lowestoft, Suffolk, Lyme Regis, Dorset, with the Morleys, Marlborough, Wiltshire, scene of a happy drink, Needham Market, Suffolk, Newcastle, Northumberland, TSE's visit to, Norfolk, appeals to TSE, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, dreary, Nottinghamshire, described for EH, Oxford, Oxfordshire, as recollected by TSE, past and present, EH takes lodgings in, haunted for TSE, in July, compared to Cambridge, Peacehaven, Sussex, amazing sermon preached in, Penrith, TSE's visit to, Rochester, as Dickens described, Salisbury, Wiltshire, in the Richmonds' company, Shamley Green, Surrey, TSE's ARP work in, its post office, Pilgrim Players due at, Somerset, highly civilised, TSE at home in, Southwold, Suffolk, TSE visits with family, Stanton, Gloucestershire, on TSE and EH's walk, Stanway, Gloucestershire, on EH and TSE's walk, Suffolk, TSE visits with family, Surrey, Morley finds TSE lodging in, evening bitter at the Royal Oak, TSE misses, as it must have been, Sussex, commended to EH, TSE walking Stane Street and downs, EH remembers, Walberswick, Suffolk, Wells, Somerset, TSE on visiting, Whipsnade, Bedfordshire, EH and TSE visit, Whitchurch Canonicorum, Dorset, delightful name, Wiltshire, highly civilised, TSE at home in, Winchelsea, East Sussex, visited, Winchester, TSE on, Wisbech, Lincolnshire, TSE on visiting, Worcestershire, TSE feels at home in, Yeovil, Somerset, visited en route to East Coker, York, TSE's glimpse of, Yorkshire,
Haysum, Maria Mary ('Molly'),

7.MariaHaysum, Maria Mary ('Molly') Mary ‘Molly’ Haysum, née Keyte (1888–1963), wife of George Haysum (1883–1963), who transported goods to and from Campden station and the town – whence his nickname ‘Bussy’. They lived at 12 Sheep Street, Chipping Campden, where Mrs Haysum took in paying guests. (My thanks to Carol Jackson, Chipping Campden Historical Society.)

Lewis, Wyndham, EH promised copy of portrait by, indebted to Harriet Weaver, famous evening with Joyce and, remembered in Paris, apparently numbers TSE among enemies, visiting Joyce in 1920 with, asks to paint TSE, TSE sitting for, portrait shown to EH, departed for America, and the fate of TSE's portrait, one of TSE's 'group', his sketch of TSE loaned to Henry, importunes another portrait, his portraits of TSE, second portrait acquired by Magdalene, TSE views first portrait in Durban, Blasting and Bombadiering, The Lion and the Fox,

7.WyndhamLewis, Wyndham Lewis (1882–1957), painter, novelist, philosopher, critic: see Biographical Register.

Löwe, Adolf, at first Moot meeting, in relation to CNL, differs from TSE on education,

1.Adolf LöweLöwe, Adolf (or Adolph Lowe/Loewe; 1893–1995) – economist and sociologist. Born in Stuttgart, he was educated in Munich and Berlin, gained his doctorate at Tübingen, and served in the German Army, 1914–15. Following a period as an economic adviser to the Weimar Government, 1918–24, and as head of international statistics at the Federal Bureau of Statistics, 1924–6, he taught at the University of Kiel. From 1926 to 1931 he was Director of Research and Educational Studies and Professor of Economics at the Institute of World Economics. He became Professor of Economics, University of Frankfurt (associating with the ‘Frankfurt School’ of sociology), 1931–3 – whereupon, in the spring of 1933, having been dismissed as a ‘dangerous intellectual’ by the Nazis, Löwe (who was Jewish) wisely fled with his family to Britain, where he became a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow and taught at the University of Manchester. In Sept. 1939 he became a naturalised British subject. In 1940 he left Britain for the USA, where he became Professor of Economics at the New School for Social Research, New York, retiring in 1978. His works include Economics and Sociology: A plea for cooperation in the social sciences (1935), The Price of Liberty: A German on contemporary Britain (1936), On Economic Knowledge: Toward a science of political economics (1965), and The Path of Economic Growth (1976).

Madge, Charles, treated to meal, at heavy Criterion gathering, in one line, elopes with Spender's wife,

1.CharlesMadge, Charles Madge (1912–96), poet and sociologist: see Biographical Register.

Mercury Theatre, London, Yeats proposes season at, from the outside, possible Murder premiere at, season in financial straits, stage too small for Doone, to stage Murder revival, rehearsal at, Murder coming off at, hard to imagine Murder beyond, Dukes proposes new Mercury Theatre, Martin Browne's York Nativity Play, presents The Ascent of F6, Murder in re-rehearsal at, possible venue for Family Reunion, Dukes's La Mandragola, new Murder revival at, attempts season of miniature operas, 'initimate opera' at, its French equivalent, hosts New Plays by Poets, and 1946 Family Reunion revival, Martin Browne's proposal to stage revue at, presents Saroyan play, graced with royal visit, staging Playboy of the Western World, possible destination for Cocktail Party,
Moberley, Sir Walter, at anti-totalitarian church meeting, fellow contributor to BBC series, at TSE's Maritain dinner, writes CNL,

2.SirMoberley, Sir Walter Walter Moberley (1881–1974), Professor of Philosophy, University of Birmingham, 1921–4; Principal of the University College of the South West of England, 1925–6; Vice-Chancellor, University of Manchester, 1926–34; Chairman of the University Grants Committee, 1935–49. Keith Clements, Faith on the Frontier, 367: ‘Combining the academic and man of affairs, (Sir) Walter Moberley was perhaps the nearest anyone ever attained to Oldham’s ideal of the theologically aware and responsible Christian layperson … Since 1935 he had been chairman of the University Grants Committee, the most powerful and politically influential position in higher education in England. His close association with Oldham already long-standing …’

Morley, Christina Margaret Peregrine ('Perry'),
see also Morleys, the

8.ChristinaMorley, Christina Margaret Peregrine ('Perry') Margaret Peregrine Morley – ‘Perry’ – was born on 6 Feb. 1940.

Morley, Christina (née Innes), and country life, at Joyce dinner in Paris, taken to theatre in Morley's absence, again to Love for Love, knits TSE socks, her Celtic temperament, therefore special affinity with Donald, sleeping at Donald's school, as tennis-player, falls asleep at wheel, entertained at The Berkeley, accompanies TSE to Three Sisters, taken to meet JDH, accompanies TSE to Bulgakov's White Guard, brings Morley boys along to Shakespeare, faced with departure for America, America's effect on, sends Ada's New York Times obituary, TSE writes letter of condolence to, for which she thanks him, in Cambridge,
see also Morleys, the
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,
New English Weekly, TSE joins editorial committee of, discussed with Mairet, TSE writing 'Views and Reviews' for, and Edward VIII, TSE's natural post-Criterion home, two contributions to, TSE attacks H. G. Wells in, prints East Coker, commission TSE on Keynes,
Pearn, Inez, TSE's obiter dictum on,

6.InezPearn, Inez Pearn (1913–76) – she was christened Marie Agnes Pearn, and later published fiction as Elizabeth Lake – child of a broken marriage who was brought up in convent boarding schools, won a scholarship to Somerville College, Oxford, where she read Spanish Literature. After meeting Spender at Oxford, she married him just three weeks later, in Dec. 1936. Two years later, she met the poet and sociologist Charles Madge (married at the time to the poet Kathleen Raine), and in 1939 she left Spender for Madge: she and Madge were to be married in 1942, and they had two children. In later years she published well-received novels including Spanish Portrait (1945), Marguerite Reilly (1946) and The First Rebellion (1951).

Perkinses, the, likely to be interested in An Adventure, compared to Mary Ware, enjoyable dinner at the Ludlow with, take to TSE, TSE desires parental intimacy with, their dinner-guests dismissed by TSE, who repents of seeming ingratitude, TSE confides separation plans to, too polite, questioned as companions for EH, offered English introductions, entertained on arrival in London, seek residence in Chichester, given introduction to G. C. Coulton, take house at Chipping Camden, as Chipping Campden hosts, given introduction to Bishop Bell, TSE entertains at Oxford and Cambridge Club, TSE's private opinion on, TSE encourages EH's independence from, their repressive influence on EH, buy TSE gloves for Christmas, sent Lapsang Souchong on arrival in England, invite TSE to Campden, move apartment, anticipate 1938 English summer, descend on EH in Northampton, and EH's wartime return to America, temporarily homeless, enfeebled, EH forwards TSE teenage letter to, their health, which is a burden, approve EH's permanent Abbot position,
Sansom, Robert, as Becket in Murder, known to EH,

2.RobertSansom, Robert Sansom (1903–79), actor; subsequently best known for film and TV work.

Speaight, Robert, singled out as Malvolio, chats to TSE at OM's, talked through part of Becket by TSE, excited at TSE's dramatic ambitions, never happier on stage, committed to Mercury Murder revival, unimprovable as Becket, in Mercury Theatre production, issues TSE with Irish introductions, his performance agreed to be going stale, at 100th performance of Murder, cast in Williams's Cranmer, his Becket critiqued by Tandy, as Becket, records Becket's sermon, which TSE is against, at post-performance feast in Cambridge, better as Cranmer than Becket, sermon reblocked for Duchess Theatre, at Savile Club Murder dinner, and the royal visit, becoming conceited, performance pruned in re-rehearsal, problems with his performance persist, in EH's report, compared to Robert Sansom, broadcasts East Coker, gives small dinner at Garrick, swoops on Shamley to record TSE, discounted from film of Murder, complains and is disingenuously soothed, as Elijah in Nicholson's debut, attends Family Reunion with TSE, still playing Becket, misrepresents TSE's views, in Belgium, ruined by Becket, in The Confidential Clerk,

2.RobertSpeaight, Robert Speaight (1904–77), actor, producer and author, was to create the role of Becket in Murder in the Cathedral in 1935: see Biographical Register.

Spender, Stephen, described for EH, poems published by F&F, what TSE represents to, attacks After Strange Gods, his objections to After Strange Gods, and Sweeney rehearsal, and lunching young men generally, evening with JDH, Jennings and TSE, TSE chairs his 'free verse' talk, at the Woolfs with TSE and EH, describes club lunch with TSE, his first marriage, 'Eclipse of the Highbrow' controversy, introduces new wife Natasha, gives musical party, at Lady Colefax's Wavell dinner, part of British contingent at Norwegian dinner, chairs TSE's Whitman talk, which he does in fireman's uniform, at poetry reading to Free Hungarians, takes issue with Roy Campbell, exchanges conciliatory sonnets with TSE, object of Rowse's anger, his German sensibility, an innocent fool, encomium for TSE's 75th, 'Four Poems', The Temple, Trial of a Judge, 'Vienna',

12.Stephen SpenderSpender, Stephen (1909–95), poet and critic: see Biographical Register.