[22 Paradise Rd., Northampton, Mass.]

T. S.Eliot
Shamley Wood
Letter 75.
1 April 1941

The mails have produced nothing for nearly a fortnight, but as I go to London tomorrow, I shall not wait longer. It'Towards a Christian Britain';a4 isBritish Broadcasting Corporation (BBC);c3 true that I only spend one night, at the BBC: but it is so long since I have been that it seems a very important event. Nextde la Mares, thegive TSE wartime refuge;a6 week I intend to go up on Tuesday until Thursday night (Friday being Good Friday) and shall be at Much Hadham for two nights.

It was a relief to have to turn in my script for the talk, as I should have gone on re-writing it indefinitely. I think that each of the three revisions has improved it; but there is a point beyond which one is likely to do only harm, and I was already beginning to feel stale. I know of no type of literary effort which demands so much toil for apparently so little as a broadcast talk: its effect, if any, is immediate and probably transitory, and can never be fully gauged. Thewritingfor broadcast;d5 ideal talk, in my opinion, is not one which the reader will feel he wants to read afterwards: that means that one has tried to convey more than can be conveyed in a speech. So this will be of no use to me for any later publication. The'Christian Conception of Education, The';a4 paperArchbishop of York's Conference, Malvern 1941proceedings to be published;a8 on education, on the other hand, which I have just rewritten and turned in for publication in the volume of Malvern papers, will be of use in future though not in its present form.1 ILittle Giddinglatent within TSE;a8 can’t get down to the book until I can produce the fourth poem, which is sticking somewhere inside me and will cause me discomfort until I have got it out; but it doesn’t seem to be ready for writing, yet; and perhaps I shall have to do both the American broadcast, andDawson, Christopherpromised article for Dublin Review;a9 a paper I have in mind to write for Christopher Dawson for the Dublin Review on the artist and the public, first. The latter is now topical because of an attack on all modern art in The Times, under the title of ‘The Eclipse of the Highbrow’ and ensuing correspondence:2 and would lead up to another one, also prospective material for my volume, on the formation of intellectual élites.

So you see I have plenty to do. ICouncil of the Universities Mission to Central Africa;a1 have been asked to join the Council of the Universities Mission to Central Africa, andClassical AssociationTSE disqualifies himself for presidency;a1 to allow my name to be proposed for the Presidency of the Classical Association – both of which I have declined on the ground of lack of qualification. IUniversity of BristolTSE's Lewis Fry Lectures;a3 haveLewis Fry LecturesTSE commits to;a1 however promised (I may have mentioned this) to deliver my Shakespeare lectures (which you have) at Bristol in October,3 andUniversity of GlasgowTSE's W. P. Ker Memorial Lecture;a1 to'Music of Poetry, The';a1 deliver a foundation lecture on poetry at Glasgow early in 1942.4 The weather to-day played an April Fool trick, but has been springlike: certainflowers and floraprimroses;c4and the English spring;a1 sheltered branks [sc. banks] begin to be dotted yellow with primroses (IEnglandEnglish countryside;c2in primrose season;a6 forget whether you have ever been in the English country in primrose time) andbirdscuckoo;b4as herald of spring;a2 one cocks an ear in hope of the first cuckoo. Ibirdsnightingale;c8associated with Pike's Farm;a5 hopePike's Farmgraced by nightingales;b5 also that there will be a nightingale here: I associate them more with Pike’s Farm, where they used to sing loudly. AShamley Wood, Surreydramatis personae;a4 goodMirrlees, Emily Lina ('Mappie', née Moncrieff)secures better gardener for Shamley;b3 deal of the burden has been taken off my mind by Mrs. M. having finally secured an ablebodied middle-aged man, competent both with gardens and motor engines, who inspires confidence and has the additional qualification of being a member of the Auxiliary Fire Service. As soon as the elderly man, who is always ailing, and whom Mrs. M. has now decided is not even a very efficient gardener, and is wholly ignorant of machinery, can be removed, the new man will have his cottage on the place; and I shall feel much freer to go away for visits. TheSinclair, Marjorie, Baroness Pentland;a1 local society is what you would expect – I had tea with a very charming Lady Pentland5 the other day – but it is no substitute for one’s friends. I certainly mean to get to Cambridge during April, andRichmonds, the;a9 IWoolfs, the;e9Woolf, LeonardWoolfs, theWoolf, VirginiaWoolfs, the want to see the Richmonds at Salisbury and the Woolves in Sussex.

When you last wrote your Easter holidays were too far ahead to be mentioned; and now, I dare say, they are over or nearly over. You will have to make your summer plans very early indeed if I am to know anything about them beforehand! IShamley Wood, Surreydaily and weekly life at;a3 am myself quite well again, and have been taking other exercise than walking this week, by sawing wood with the new hired man after tea. ItSecond World WarBattle of Cape Matapan;c7 never seems worth while to comment on public events (such as the recent sea battle in the Mediterranean)6 or on the prospects of the war, as so much happens in between. You will be, I have no doubt, at Northampton over Easter; andChrist Church, Shamley GreenHoly Week 1941 at;a6 you will think of me, for the first time on that holy day, in a simple village church.

Your loving

1.‘The Christian Conception of Education’, in Malvern, 1941: The Life of the Church and the Order of Society, Being the Proceedings of the Archbishop of York’s Conference (1942), 201–13: CProse 6, 246–56.

2.‘EclipseSpender, Stephen'Eclipse of the Highbrow' controversy;b8n ofTimes, The'Eclipse of the Highbrow' controversy;a3n the Highbrow’, The Times, 23 Mar.: ‘In a sane and lively little book of reflections just published Lord Elton attacks, among other things, “that weak and arrogant contempt for the common man” which has tainted so much of the intellectualism of the past twenty years. He sees the cause of it in the last War, when so many who should have become the leaders of the next generation died, leaving their places to be filled by those who had deliberately stood aside from the conflict and slipped back into a world grown weary and careless, jealously eager to deride and belittle those “unspectacular virtues” such as endurance, unselfishness, and discipline, which were admired while the fighting lasted. Those are the virtues which the highbrow – being often impatient, intolerant, self-indulgent, and touchy – for the most part lacks, but which the ordinary citizen must possess if he is to achieve any sort of security for himself […]

‘Neither in art nor in politics or morals, however, was that doctrine popular among the intellectuals of the nineteen-twenties and thirties. With them high endeavour was out of fashion. They preferred a hasty brilliance, which degenerated rapidly into a habitual clever triviality, upon which, in turn, the more conscientious performers (for there is conscience even in wrong-doing) laboured to graft a pedantic and deliberate obscurity or perversity. Arts were brought down to the level of esoteric parlour games. To be a poet needed much the same qualities as to be a maker of acrostics, and an admired stanza was scarcely distinguishable from an ingenious clue in a crossword puzzle. In prose there were experimenters in almost meaningless sound […] Meanwhile the public grew first bewildered and then bored … As for poetry – it would be interesting to know the drop in the publication and sale of contemporary verse between 1920 and 1940. The arts, even while sometimes declaring themselves communist, despised the common man, and he retaliated.

‘That age is past, though some of its ghosts yet walk. It had its origin in a war whose burdens and sacrifices were unequally borne […] What changes of taste this war, and the reactions following it, may produce, no one can foresee. But at least it can hardly give rise to arts unintelligible outside a Bloomsbury drawing-room, and completely at variance with those stoic virtues which the whole nation is now called upon to practise.’

The ensuing correspondence included a letter from Stephen Spender, published in The Times, 27 Mar. 1941, 5: ‘Your attack on the intellectuals of the thirties in the article entitled “Eclipse of the Highbrow” would have been less surprising in the Völkischer Beobachter [the newspaper of the Nazi Party] than The Times.

‘These people, whom you accuse of triviality and “hasty brilliance” and of “playing parlour games,” were, in fact, many of them, the prophets of the present conflict between Democracy and Fascism at a time when Lord Elton, whom you single out for praise, and your leading articles were advocating a policy of appeasement and surrender to Fascism over China, Abyssinia, Czechoslovakia, Spain, &c. No doubt the speed of events and the difficulty of assimilating political material into literature hampered their development as accomplished and easy technicians. But to represent them as “experimenters in almost meaningless sound,” without giving any names, is as misleading as it is to suggest that the sales of contemporary poetry dropped between 1920 and 1940: at a time when poetry showed new life and enjoyed considerable popularity.

‘At this moment most of those whom you attack by implication are serving the cause of Democracy. In doing so they are conscious of resisting not merely Fascism abroad, as represented in the aesthetic doctrines of Hitler, but also reactionary tendencies nearer home.’

3.The lectures on Shakespeare that TSE had delivered at Edinburgh, 27–8 Oct. 1937, were repurposed as the Lewis Fry Lectures given at Bristol University, 2–3 Oct. 1941. Unpublished in TSE’s lifetime: see ‘The Development of Shakespeare’s Verse: Two Lectures’, CProse 5, 531–61.

4.TSE was to deliver ‘The Music of Poetry’ – the third W. P. Ker Memorial Lecture at the University of Glasgow – on 24 Feb. 1942: CProse 6, 310–25.

5.MarjorieSinclair, Marjorie, Baroness Pentland Sinclair, Baroness Pentland, DBE (1880–1970), who grew up in Canada, was the widow of John Sinclair, 1st Baron Pentland (1860–1925).

6.On 28/29 Mar. British forces surprised and destroyed five Italian warships (with a loss of 4,000 Italian lives) in the night-time Battle of Cape Matapan, off southern Greece.

Archbishop of York's Conference, Malvern 1941, paper prepared for, occasion recounted, proceedings to be published,
birds, TSE reading Birds of the Countryside, American Yellow warbler ('Summer Yellowbird'), fellow passenger on the Laetitia, Baltimore Oriole, spotted in Maine, blackbird, more innocent singer than nightingale, Blue Heron, spotted in Maine, blue tits, at Pike's Farm, budgerigar, belonging to Mrs Behrens, cardinals, spotted near Charlottesville, chaffinch, at Pike's Farm, Chestnut-sided warbler, spotted in Maine, chiffchaff, more piping than the nightingale, in Shamley woods, Common whitethroat, identified in Winchester, cuckoo, compared to nightingale, as herald of spring, its song, dove, EH as TSE's, Evening grosbeak, finches, at autumntide, more piping than the nightingale, swarm at Shamley, geese, slaughtered at autumntide, hermit thrush, TSE's personal poetic bird, heron, at Shamley, House Sparrow ('English Sparrow'), fellow passenger on the Laetitia, kestrels, over the Surrey fields, lapwings, in the Surrey fields, Longbilled Marsh Wren, spotted in Maine, magpies, in the fields of Surrey, mockingbird, TSE 'the Missouri Mockingbird', and Walt Whitman, nightingale, EH addressed as, 'clanging' at Pike's Farm, and Sophocles, associated with Pike's Farm, hoped for at Herbert Read's, Pied Wagtail, on lawn at Pike's Farm, songbirds, TSE and Hodgson discuss, tanagers, spotted near Charlottesville, thrush, inspires humility in TSE, more innocent singer than the nightingale, wagtails, on the lawn at Shamley, Willow Warbler ('Willow Wren'), identified in Winchester, wren, more piping than the nightingale,
British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), TSE's committee service for, its future discussed, TSE working on autumn programme for, TSE on educational broadcasting in general, Barbara Burnham production of Murder, lobbies TSE for next play, 'The Need for Poetic Drama', Metaphyical poet broadcasts for, 'The Church's Message to the World', Christmas Day 'Cats' broadcast, dramatic Waste Land adaptation, which is censored for broadcast, repeats 'Cats', plays Parsifal on Good Friday, broadcasts Hawkins interview with TSE, 'Towards a Christian Britain', 1941 production of Murder, Eastern Service broadcasts East Coker, broadcasts Webster talk, Tennyson talk, Dry Salvages, Poe talk, Dryden talk, Joyce talk, European Service broadcasts TSE's talk, TSE declines Christmas broadcast for, wants to record 'Milton II', broadcasts TSE's personal poetry selection, broadcasts Gielgud's Family Reunion, marks TSE's 60th birthday, Gielgud Family Reunion repeated, solicits TSE post-Nobel Prize, TSE's EP broadcast for, records TSE reading Ash-Wednesday, floats Reith Lectures suggestion, approaches Marilyn Monroe to star in Fitts's Lysistrata,
Christ Church, Shamley Green, nice but low, midwinter morning services at, Pilgrim Players' 'Way of the Cross', Holy Week 1941 at, Christmas at, Pilgrim Players' Resurrection at, at Harvest Festival, Christmas Eve midnight-mass at,
'Christian Conception of Education, The', charged with being dull,
Classical Association, TSE disqualifies himself for presidency, Livingstone confers Presidency on TSE, TSE's communiqué to Greek Minister, Presidential Address for,
Council of the Universities Mission to Central Africa,
Dawson, Christopher, co-orchestrates BBC religious talks, signatory to Credit Reform letter, encouraged to expand Christianity and Sex, writes Times's Abdication Crisis editorial, anointed reader of Boutwood Lectures, promised article for Dublin Review, in Oxford, where he hosts TSE,

2.ChristopherDawson, Christopher Dawson (1889–1970), cultural historian: see Biographical Register.

de la Mares, the, TSE forgoes EH's invitation for, TSE's dread of visiting, give dinner for the Morleys, give TSE wartime refuge, the children, teach TSE vingt-et-un,
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,
flowers and flora, aconite, at Shamley, imagined in Cambridge, azaleas, summon memories of EH, bamboo, imagined by TSE in California, bluebells, in Shamley Wood, bourgainvillea, imagined by TSE in California, cactus, imagined by TSE in California, carnations, from Chipping Campden, catkins, at Shamley, celandine, spotted at Shamley, chrysanthemums, TSE prefers to roses, cowslips, at Shamley, crocuses, at Shamley, imagined in Cambridge, gladioli, sent to EH in TSE's name, hawthorn ('may'), summons memories of EH, heliotrope, enclosed in letter from Christine Galitzi, hibiscus, imagined by TSE in California, laburnum, summons memories of EH, lilacs, in Russell and Woburn Squares, summon memories of EH, lilies-of-the-valley, delivered to EH on the Samaria, Michaelmas daisies, around Pike's Farm, palms, imagined by TSE in California, primroses, and the English spring, at Shamley, pussy-willow, at Shamley, rhododendrons, summon memories of EH, roses, in autumn, sent to EH on birthday, from Chipping Campden, left by EH in TSE's Grenville rooms, their emotionally disturbing scent, given to TSE as EH's parting gift, for EH's birthday, snowdrops, at Shamley, sweet peas, and EH's performance in Hay Fever, effect of their scent on TSE, no longer painful to TSE, delivered to EH, TSE buys himself at Gloucester Road, cheer TSE up, the essence of summer, sent to Aunt Edith, violets, EH gives TSE as buttonhole, emotionally disturbing, left by departing EH, wisteria, summons memories of EH, Wood anemone, at Shamley, yew, sprig picked for TSE by EH, zinnias, TSE prefers over roses,
Lewis Fry Lectures, TSE commits to, Shakespeare lectures revised for, TSE on delivering,
Little Gidding, things 'done to others' harm', and TSE's St. Kevin's cave excursion, TSE's pilgrimage to the eponymous, and John Inglesant, in the Four Quartets scheme, as TSE's war work, latent within TSE, being drafted, first draft finished, suspended, to be taken up again, partly redrafted at Buckler's Hard, further redrafting, seven lines from completion, redrafting finished, in which JDH proved indispensable, NEW version sent to EH, published, sales, ends hopefully,
Mirrlees, Emily Lina ('Mappie', née Moncrieff), taken round the Tower, invites TSE to Shamley, described for EH, offers to house TSE gratis, her religion, as horticulturalist, concerns TSE, her distress on animals' behalf, not an irritant, secures better gardener for Shamley, circumstances in which she offered TSE refuge, indifferent to enlarging acquaintance, engineers solitude at Shamley, surprises TSE with lobster and cigars, reduces TSE's rent, celebrates 80th birthday, abed and anxious, anxious about North African campaign, going deaf, boosted by son's promotion, receives offer for Shamley, theatrical by nature, TSE prefers being alone with, TSE's sense of responsibility to, spoils TSE on his birthday, aflutter over Christmas turkey, delighted by recording at Shamley, takes in hopeless cases, collector of recipes, pleased by TSE's lawnmowing, hankers after life in Menton, dreams of leaving Shamley, pulls out of selling Shamley, as landlady, frustrations with gardener, her aura, summons TSE to Shamley, during TSE's final Shamley Christmas, dying, still just living, dies following operation, Wishful Cooking,
see also Mirrleeses, the

3.HopeMirrlees, Emily Lina ('Mappie', née Moncrieff) Mirrlees’s mother was Emily Lina Mirrlees, née Moncrieff (1862–1948) – known as ‘Mappie’ or ‘Mappy’ – see Biographical Register.

'Music of Poetry, The', outlined, revised for print,
Pike's Farm, TSE installed at, daily life at, Morley on TSE at, TSE's situation at, TSE's stay with the Eameses extended, TSE missing, TSE's June 1934 fortnight at, village bells at New Year, September 1935 week at, the Morleys mean to leave, graced by nightingales,
see also Morleys, the
Richmonds, the, TSE's new South Kensington neighbours, TSE's alcholic weekend with, host TSE in Sussex, TSE's Netherhampton weekends with, make their home over to maternity hospital,
Second World War, the prospect of, F&F plans in the event of, Britain's preparations for, prognostications as to its outbreak, and The Family Reunion, and the policy of appeasement, and transatlantic tourism, evacuation imminent, TSE discusses its outbreak with Dutchman, TSE refrains from commenting on, TSE's thoughts on, its effect on TSE, the 'Winter War', the 'Phoney War', Molotov–Ribbentrop pact, rationing, evacuation, seems continuous with First World War, invasion of Poland, invasion of Denmark and Norway, Chamberlain's resignation, Italy's declaration of war, Dunkirk, The Blitz, Battle of Cape Matapan, Operation Barbarossa, Greece enters war, Pearl Harbor, the Pacific War, Libyan campaign, North African campaign, and TSE's decision to remain in England, in relation to the First, prospect of its end unsettles, and returning to London, bombing of German cities, its effect on TSE's work, prognostications as to its end, the Little Blitz, Operation Overlord, V-1 Cruise Missile strikes, Operation Market Garden, and continental privations, and post-war European prospects, The Battle of the Bulge, possibility of post-war pandemic, V-2 Bombs, concentration camps, Germany's surrender, VE Day, and post-war Anglo-American relations, VJ Day, atomic bomb, its long-term economic consequences,
Shamley Wood, Surrey, TSE issued standing invitation to, his situation as paying guest, daily and weekly life at, dramatis personae, Christmas at, ideal situation for illness, overheated, depressingly female, TSE leads fire practice at, TSE takes week's rest from, its melodramas, TSE quarantined from, its lack of music, and Reay's homecoming, TSE distributes food parcels at, TSE's gradual removal from, TSE's post-war week's holiday at, post-hernia convalescence at,
Sinclair, Marjorie, Baroness Pentland,

5.MarjorieSinclair, Marjorie, Baroness Pentland Sinclair, Baroness Pentland, DBE (1880–1970), who grew up in Canada, was the widow of John Sinclair, 1st Baron Pentland (1860–1925).

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.

Times, The, no longer reliable, no longer government mouthpiece, 'Eclipse of the Highbrow' controversy, reviews The Cocktail Party,
'Towards a Christian Britain', perplexes TSE, on its fourth draft, broadcast,
University of Bristol, honorary degree in the offing, cancels TSE's lectures, TSE's Lewis Fry Lectures,
University of Glasgow, TSE's W. P. Ker Memorial Lecture, described,
Woolfs, the, at Clive Bell's for lunch, TSE's dearest London friends, company compared to that of Christians, host TSE and Elizabeth Bowen to tea, Rodmell described, closer to TSE than to VHE, visited on TSE's 1933 return, refreshingly childless, amazed by TSE's appearance, and Tomlin dine with TSE, Keynes and TSE dine with, TSE's Bloomsbury weekend with, described in their Tavistock Square domain, have TSE for tea, TSE dines with, and TSE argue about honours, compared to the de la Mares, host TSE for weekend, abandon London for Sussex, where they invite TSE, TSE's Sussex stay with, on their return from Sussex, host TSE, give dinner without mentioning war, TSE plans to visit in Sussex, 52 Tavistock Square bombed,
writing, and routine, to EH, like talking to the deaf, development and development in the writer, and 're-creative thought', TSE's pace of working, correspondence, and Beethoven, and whether to keep a notebook, dialogue, and loving one's characters, and the necessity for reinvention, to someone as against speaking, plays written chiefly for EH, prose between poems, poetry versus prose, and originality, poetry three hours every morning, plot, and obscurity, blurbs, letters of rejection, requires periods of fruitful latency, on new typewriter, TSE's 'old Corona', the effect of war on, and reading, as taught by the book, prize-day addresses, weekly articles, concisely, from imagination, from experience, for broadcast, out of doors, rewriting old work, and public-speaking, by hand,