[c/o Perkins, 90 Commonwealth Ave., Boston]

T. S.Eliot
Letter 33.
Easter Monday
[26 April 1943]
My Dearest,

Well, I got back from Edinburgh without mishap, though I thought I had caught a chill, before starting, at the poetry rehearsal in the unheated Aeolian Hall: but the change of air to the North seemed to cure that. I find no letter from you, and I think I will cable tomorrow, also for Easter, also in case my letters to Tryon were not forwarded.

TheReading by Famous Poets, Aeolian Halldescribed by TSE;a2 poetry recital consisted of twelvede la Mare, Walterat which he reads;a4 poets, allMasefield, Johnat the same;a4 of us of the ‘older generation’, beginning with Masefield, each reading from our own works for six minutes. Most of them, I thought read rather badly; De la Mare, who read extremely well, yet did so in a voice which could hardly have penetrated beyond the first six rows. (Incidentally, I got high marks from the reporter of the ‘Evening Standard’).1 ItWaste Land, TheTSE reads 'What the Thunder Said' before the Queen;b5 is very difficult to read for that length of time – one needs about that to get warmed to to [sc. the] task – but the last section of ‘The Waste Land’ just fitted the time well. It would not have done to give that audience anything at all new: they came to look at us and to hear how we recited, rather than from love of poetry; andElizabeth II, Queen (formerly Princess Elizabeth of York)seated next to TSE;a2 it was a more or less fashionable audience, whatElizabeth, Queen, the Queen Motherat Aeolian Hall poetry reading;a3 with having the Queen there and all. We were presented during the interval; and in the second half of the programme I had to sit next to Princess Elizabeth. But there was no conversation; she didn’t say anything, and I thought that perhaps she was getting too old to be addressed first. I wanted to say that I was as bored as she was: but that might not have been quite the right thing. I must say they were very attentive; and as the Queen didn’t have to make a speech, it was perhaps preferable from her point of view to opening a bazaar.2 IFaber and Faber (F&F)fire-watching duties at;e6 escaped the parties afterwards by having my fire watching duties; butMonro, Alida (née Klementaski)in straitened circumstances;c7 the next day – two interviews in the morning, lunch with Alida Monro, who only comes up to town about twice a year, and therefore has to be treated when she does, she looks thin and aged, and her income I imagine is very reduced, as a house from the rent of which she drew a proportion of it was bombed in 1940; then a young captain to tea, just because he wanted to meet me, and is the son of a director of another publishing firm, then a tea party given by Edith Sitwell at the Sesame Club (a post-reading party): sotravels, trips and plansTSE's 1943 trip to Edinburgh;e8recounted;a5 that I was thankful at last to be snug in my berth for Edinburgh. TheBritish Councilhonours TSE with Edinburgh reception;a2 first day there was rather full: a lunch with the British Council, a Press Conference (a weekly event there to which any at all distinguished visitor to the City is invited) and a Reception in my honour – dined alone in the hotel and in the evening talking to the Scottish French House about my poetry and French poetry, with illustrations. ButBlakes, thevisited at Dollar;a2Blake, GeorgeBlakes, the I went from Saturday to Monday to Dollar, and had a quite restful weekend, and a few sips of the almost unobtainable real whisky, with my friends the Blakes, and their two great kilted sons back from camp. It is a pleasing place. OnGrierson, Sir Herbertevening in Edinburgh with;a6 Monday I talked to the Czechs, and spent the end of the ev[en]ing with Grierson at his house – he is pretty lonely, I imagine, as he has no daughter there, he is retired from the University, and he is crippled in one leg. TuesdayBaillie, Very Revd John;b1 no event except lunch with the John Baillies – he is now Moderator of the Church Assembly of the Church of Scotland.

Onspringat Shamley;b1 my return Ibirdscuckoo;b4its song;a3 heard the cuckoo for the first time – a bird very pleasant to the ear at first, if he only knew when to stop, and the spring blooms – fruit trees, wisteria, lilac – fully out. ButChristianityliturgy;b9in country parish church;b2 it is strange to think that Lent is over and Easter past: I miss very much at that season a church with the full liturgy. ButReunion by Destruction: Reflections on a Scheme for Church Union in South Indiacontemplated by TSE;a1 plenty of things to think about, andChurch of South India controversy;a3 my pamphlet on South India to write for the Council for the Defence of Church Principles.3 MartinBrowne, Elliott Martinrequests Pilgrim Players' play from TSE;d6 wants me again to write a play for the Pilgrims, but how can I? And one trouble is that I know that the sort of play I want to try to write, when I can write one, is not best written by keeping in mind the limitations of the Pilgrim Players and their audiences – a troupe which, at best, is rather amateur without the freshness which is pleasing in under-graduate amateur performances.

Well, I want more news of you quickly. ISheffield, Ada Eliot (TSE's sister)TSE's deathbed correspondence with;i8 write to Ada regularly: if there is anyone to whom one can write naturally, under her present conditions and sentence of death, it is she: but whatever I say, I feel exhausted after writing. Thenspringin wartime;b2 I am feeling the depression of spring, which is all the sadness, without the anticipation, which I felt before 1940.

Your loving

1.‘The Londoner’s Diary’, Evening Standard, 15 Apr. 1943, 2:

PoetsReading by Famous Poets, Aeolian Hallaccording to 'The Londoner's Diary';a3n in Public

The poetry reading to which the Queen took the Princesses at the Æolian Hall last evening was hardly on the whole a model of what poetic diction ought to be. Twelve senior poets read excerpts from their own works. Several junior poets were in the audience including Fireman Stephen Spender.

LikeMasefield, Johnwhere he is rated;a5n a schoolmaster I sat in judgment upon the readings. My adjudication is as follows:

TheBinyon, Laurencecommemorated at poetry reading;a4 Poet Laureate gave a prose oration on the late Laurence Binyon [who had died on 10 Mar.]. Masefield got top marks. It was finely said in a sorrowful, beautifully-modulated voice. So were his own poems, which he read later.

EdmundBlunden, Edmundat Aeolian Hall reading;a2n Blunden read three of his own poems. They were good poems, but for reading I placed Blunden at the bottom of the class. He read his verses in a flat monotone.

DrBottomley, Gordonat Aeolian Hall reading;a1n Gordon Bottomley is a magnificent figure, bearded like a cross between Tennyson and W. G. Grace. He read the first of his five poems with a fine resonance. But he became less and less audible. Five out of ten, Bottomley.

The Sitwells

ADoolittle, Hilda ('H. D.')rated at Aeolian Hall reading;a1n woman, now – H.D., the pseudonym used by Mrs Richard Aldington. She read with a nice feeling, but so quietly that she could not be heard beyond the first row.

T. S. Eliot got top marks for his piece, ‘What the Thunder Said.’

WilfredGibson, Wilfredat Aeolian Hall poetry reading;a1 Gibson read in a small voice. Dede la Mare, Walterat which he is rated;a5n la Mare was easy, confidential, but difficult to hear. VitaSackville-West, Vitarated at Aeolian Hall reading;a3n Sackville-West was one of the few who did not require to read her own lines. She had her passages from ‘The Land’ by heart, and spoke them in a rich contralto.

MissSitwell, Edithat which she is rated;b3n Edith Sitwell, cloaked in dramatic black, declaimed her books and manuscript with rapid ease. BrotherSitwell, Osbertrated at Aeolian Hall reading;a6n Osbert followed, equally competent.

Result: Bracketed first, Masefield, Eliot and Sackville-West. Bracketed second, the Sitwells. The rest pretty well nowhere.

2.‘TheReading by Famous Poets, Aeolian HallPicture Post on;a4n Queen and the Princesses Attend a Poets’ Reading’, Picture Post 19: 5 (1 May 1943), 18: ‘A distinguished dramatic critic once said that the best actors never know what they are talking about. The Poets’ Reading recently held at the Aeolian Hall made you feel that there is at least a germ of truth in this epigram. For the poems were read by the people who should understand them best – by the authors themselves. Yet few did justice to their own work.

‘The audience, led by the Queen and the two Princesses, included many distinguished faces. Cabinet ministers, society women, and more poets listened reverently to a programme of the best work of the older generation of poets. Masefield, T. S. Eliot, de la Mare, Vita Sackville West, Edmund Blunden, Arthur Waley, Osbert and Edith Sitwell were all there, MasefieldBinyon, Laurencecommemorated at poetry reading;a4 opening with a fine oration in honour of Laurence Binyon.

‘MasefieldMasefield, Johnwhere he is rated;a5n spoke and read beautifully, in a melancholy but totally unsentimental voice. T. S. Eliot, too, can read poetry as well as recite it. BothSitwells, therated at Aeolian Hall reading;a4nSitwell, EdithSitwells, theSitwell, OsbertSitwells, theSitwell, SacheverellSitwells, the the Sitwells were masters of their own diction. GordonBottomley, Gordonat Aeolian Hall reading;a1n Bottomley, a bearded figure of Victorian bulk and dignity, had a sense of humour as well as a sense of oratory. But many of the others were inaudible beyond the first few rows, and several were palpably nervous.

‘The Queen and the two Princesses listened intently right through the two-hour programme, and the audience sat in solemn reverence. Here was an unusual opportunity of hearing good poets read good poetry. Yet it was impossible to stifle the feeling that perhaps good actors would have done it better.’

John Pearson, Façades: Edith, Osbert and Sacheverell Sitwell (1978), 359: ‘It was a very grand occasion in its way, with Osbert sitting in the front row next to his friend the Queen, and the two Princesses in their seats beside them. When Denton Welch asked Edith later how they had behaved, she replied that “they sat very still in the front row and stared at one”…

‘Eliot was impressive as he read a portion of The Waste Land in that High Anglican asbestos voice of his […] and Edith was undoubtedly the star of the afternoon – as she intended from the start – with her dramatic declaration of her newly written “Anne Boleyn’s Song”. Unlike the other poets, she was a genuine performer …

‘Some of the other poets were less fortunate. Little Walter de la Mare was unable to reach the gigantic lectern Osbert had provided. W. J. Turner – once a bitter Sitwell enemy but now restored to favour – went on and on until the chairman silenced him. And, after the Queen had left, Dorothy Wellesley hit Harold Nicolson with her umbrella, and had to be restrained by Beatrice Lillie.’

HaroldReading by Famous Poets, Aeolian HallHarold Nicholson on;a5n NicolsonNicholson, Haroldon Aeolian Hall poetry recital;a6n, Diaries and Letters, 14 Apr. 1943, 275: ‘I go to the Aeolian Hall for the poetry reading organised by Osbert and Edith Sitwell for the benefit of the Free French. The Queen arrives accompanied by the two Princesses. The poets file in – Masefield, T. S. Eliot, Gordon Bottomley, Arthur Waley, Edmund Blunden, and Vita [Sackville-West]. Masefield pays a tribute to Laurence Binyon, and then the readings start. I cannot hear most of them as I am in the gallery and they are impeded by a lectern which Osbert found in the Caledonian Market and which impedes voice and sight. I am impressed by Eliot’s reading and rather moved by the Poet Laureate. Then there is an interval during which the Poets are received by the Queen in an ante-room. Then the second series begins and Vita reads her piece. She stands there looking magnificent and modest and recites The Land quite perfectly. I hear a low murmur of delight passing through the audience. She was by streets the best of the lot and I am so proud of her. She is as serene as a swan.’

3.Reunion by Destruction: Reflections on a Scheme for Church Union in South India: Addressed to the Laity (London: Council for the Defence of Church Principles, 1943): CProse 6, 447–69.

Baillie, Very Revd John, and Union Theological Seminary discussion, inspects Revelation contribution, as Edinburgh host, TSE leaves pyjamas with, at inaugural Moot meeting, Our Knowledge of God,

3.VeryBaillie, Very Revd John Revd John Baillie (1886–1960), distinguished Scottish theologian; minister of the Church of Scotland; Roosevelt Professor of Systematic Theology at Union Seminary, New York, 1930–4; and was Professor of Divinity at Edinburgh University, 1934–59. In 1919 he married Florence Jewel Fowler (1893–1969), whom he met in service in France during WW1. Author of What is Christian Civilization? (lectures, 1945). See Keith Clements, ‘John Baillie and “the Moot”’, in Christ, Church and Society: Essays on John Baillie and Donald Baillie, ed. D. Fergusson (Edinburgh, 1993); Clements, ‘Oldham and Baillie: A Creative Relationship’, in God’s Will in a Time of Crisis: A Colloquium Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Baillie Commission, ed. A. R. Morton (Edinburgh, 1994).

Binyon, Laurence, living TSE's dream in Cairo, converses discreetly on Greek tragedy, commemorated at poetry reading,

4.LaurenceBinyon, Laurence Binyon, CH (1869–1943), Keeper of Prints and Drawings in the British Museum, 1932–3; translator of Dante. In 1933 he succeeded TSE as Charles Eliot Norton Professor of Poetry at Harvard. John Hatcher, Laurence Binyon: Poet, Scholar of East and West (1995).

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,
Blakes, the, visited at Dollar,
Blunden, Edmund, TSE sees in Oxford, at Aeolian Hall reading, TSE careful to honour,

3.EdmundBlunden, Edmund Blunden (1896–1974), poet and critic, who won the Military Cross for valour in Flanders in 1916 – see his Undertones of War (1928; ed. John Greening: Oxford, 2015) – was Professor of English at the Imperial University, Tokyo, 1924–7; and in 1930–1 literary editor of The Nation. He was Fellow and Tutor in English at Merton College, Oxford, 1931–44; and for a year after WW2 he was assistant editor of the TLS. In 1947 he returned to Japan with the UK Liaison Mission; and he was Professor of English, Hong Kong, from 1953 until retirement. Made CBE in 1964, he received the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry in 1956. In 1966 he was elected Oxford Professor of Poetry (his rival was Robert Lowell), but stood down before the completion of his tenure. See Barry Webb, Edmund Blunden: A Biography (1990).

Bottomley, Gordon, at Aeolian Hall reading, The Acts of St. Peter,
British Council, and TSE's mission to Sweden, honours TSE with Edinburgh reception, and TSE's abortive mission to Italy, and TSE's abortive North Africa mission, despaired of, wartime trip to Paris, think TSE's lecture too French, TSE opens exhibition for, trip to Paris,
Browne, Elliott Martin, meets TSE at Chichester, production of The Rock, meets TSE over possible collaboration, talks over outline of play, meets TSE with Martin Shaw, delighted with Rock choruses, discusses unwritten pageant scenes with TSE, predicament as The Rock's director, well connected in amateur circles, revising into the night with TSE, argues with Shaw at dress-rehearsal, presented to Prince Arthur, honoured by Rock cast-supper, producing Gordon Bottomley's play, speaks at Londonderry House with TSE, 1935 Canterbury Murder in the Cathedral, approached by TSE to 'produce', consulted throughout composition, goes silent, lunches with TSE and Speaight, directs and acts despite illness, pursues London Murder revival, 1935–6 Mercury Theatre Murder revival, engaged as producer by Dukes, keen that EH attend rehearsals, simultaneously part of BBC production, agrees about Speaight's decline, preferred as producer for TSE's next play, and Charles Williams's Cranmer, in which he plays 'the Skeleton', and TSE attend Tenebrae, taken to Cambridge after-feast, producing York Nativity Play, which TSE thinks Giottoesque, at Savile Club Murder dinner, producing Shakespeare's Dream, and Ascent of F6, and Tewkesbury Festival Murder confusion, 1939 production of The Family Reunion, due to be sent script, weighing TSE's proposal that he produce, enthused by script, suggests TSE see Mourning Becomes Electra, against Family Reunion as title, pleased with draft, quizzed on fire-safety, typescript prepared for, new draft submitted to, rewrite waits on, receives new draft, criticisms thereof, reports John Gielgud interest, mediates between Gielgud and TSE, TSE throws over Gielgud for, secures Westminster Theatre production, steps into company breach, then into still-greater breach, and the play's weaknesses, direction of Family Reunion, receives TSE's Shakespeare lectures, 1938 American Murder tour, re-rehearsing actors for, suffers fit of pre-tour gloom, yet to report from Boston, and Tewkesbury pageant, accompanies TSE to La Mandragola, on Family Reunion's future prospects, and possible Orson Welles interest, war leaves at loose end, advises TSE over next play, war work with Pilgrim Players, unavailable for modern-dress Murder, compared to tempter/knight successor, requests Pilgrim Players' play from TSE, New Plays by Poets series, as director, and This Way to the Tomb, and Family Reunion revival, urges TSE to concentrate on theatre, 1946 Mercury Family Reunion revival, in rehearsal, possible revue for Mercury Theatre, and The Lady's Not for Burning, Chairman of the Drama League, 1949 Edinburgh Cocktail Party, to produce, TSE's intended first reader for, receives beginning, approves first act, receives TSE's revisions, communciates Alec Guinness's enthusiasm, arranges reading, surpasses himself with production, in Florence, EH suggests moving on from, and the Poets' Theatre Guild, 1950 Cocktail Party New York transfer, compares Rex Harrison and Alec Guinness, TSE debates whether to continue collaboration with, suggests three-play TSE repertory, 1953 Edinburgh Confidential Clerk, receives first two acts, designing sets, 1953 Lyric Theatre Confidential Clerk, attends with TSE, 1954 American Confidential Clerk, 1954 touring Confidential Clerk, TSE and Martin Browne catch in Golders Green, seeks Family Reunion MS from EH,

4.E. MartinBrowne, Elliott Martin Browne (1900–80), English director and producer, was to direct the first production of Murder in the Cathedral: see Biographical Register.

Christianity, and human isolation, and modern economics, Ada on TSE's personal piety, scheme for 'Pro Fide' bookshop, among the Eliot family, and beauty, its sects like different clubs, Anglo-Catholicism, TSE's conversion to, which he dates to Eccleston Square meeting, Anglican Missal sought for EH, but unfortunately out of print, discussed at Boston Theological School, and the Petrine Claims, apostolic succession, over Roman Catholicism, as refuge from VHE, and the Reformation, asceticism, discipline, rigour, the necessity for, and TSE's daily exhortation, making and breaking habits, mastering emotions and passions, as salubrious, only remedy for a prurient culture, confession and communion, more possible during Harvard year, the case for unattainable ideals, in time of war, gets TSE up before 7 o'clock, hereditary with TSE, belief, and good poetry, faced with Second World War, and conversion, antidote to TSE's skepticism, Christendom, TSE ponders the decline of, TSE on his prominence within, its ruin, the Church Visible and Invisible, and TSE's war work, the Malabar Church, prospect of total reunion within, confession, helps to objectify sin, more dreaded than dentist, harder in the morning, death and afterlife, the struggle to prepare for, consoles TSE in life, and cremation, Requiem Mass, gives meaning to life, and what makes a desirable burial place, the nature of eternal life, divorce, unrecognised by Anglo-Catholic Church, which TSE regrets, in church law, would separate TSE from Church, evil, TSE's belief in, and moral percipience, guilt, and the New England conscience, hell, TSE's 1910 vision of, and damnation, according to TSE, liturgy, TSE's weekly minimum, Mass of the Pre-sanctified, Requiem Mass versus Mass of Good Friday, and whether to serve at Mass, Imposition of Ashes, at Christmas, High Mass over Mattins, aversion to Low Church Mattins, Roman service in Wayland, Tenebrae, in country parish church, as guest at Kelham, remarkable sermon, over Christmas, Tenebrae and Family Reunion, during Holy Week, Mass of Charles King and Martyr, love, loving one's neighbour, marriage, TSE's need for privacy within, mysticism and transcendence, interpenetration of souls, intimations of life's 'pattern', 'doubleness', arrived at through reconciliation, orthodoxy, only remedy for contemporary culture, and pagans, sets TSE at odds with modernity, necessarily trinitarian, 'Christian' defined, iniquities of liberal theology, and creed, authority, Transubstantiation, TSE disclaims 'self-centredness' in maintaining, politics, the Church and social change, how denomination maps onto, need for working-class priests, church leaders against totalitarianism and Nazism, Christianity versus Fascism and Communism, Papal Encyclical against Nazi Germany, the 'Dividend morality', Presbyterianism, TSE quips on the meanness of, Quakerism, resignation, reconciliation, peace, TSE's love allows for, 'peace that passeth all understanding', the struggle to maintain, following separation from VHE, retreat and solitude, EH at Senexet, the need for, a need increasing with age, and TSE's mother, Roman Catholicism, TSE's counter-factual denomination, Rome, sacraments, Holy Communion, marriage, sainthood, TSE's idea of, the paradoxes of, susceptible of different sins, sins, vices, faults, how to invigilate, the sense of sin, the sinner's condition, bound up with the virtues, as a way to virtue, TSE's self-appraisal, when humility shades into, when unselfishness shades into, among saints, proportionate to spiritual progress, daydreaming, despair, lust, pride, perfection-seeking pride, spiritual progress and direction, TSE's crisis of 1910–11, EH's crisis, versus automatism, TSE's sense of, towards self-knowledge, in EH's case, as personal regeneration, temptation, to action/busyness, the Church Year, Advent, Christmas, dreaded, happily over, TSE rebuked for bah-humbugging, church trumps family during, season of irreligion, thoughts of EH during, unsettling, fatiguing, in wartime, Easter preferred to, Ash Wednesday, Lent, season for meditation and reading, prompts thoughts of EH, Lady Day, Holy Week, its intensity, arduous, preserved from public engagements, exhausting but refreshing, excitingly austere, Easter, better observed than Christmas, missed through illness, Unitarianism, the Eliots' as against EH's, the prospect of spiritual revival within, as personified by TSE's grandfather, regards the Bible as literature, as against Catholicism, divides EH from TSE, and whether Jesus believed himself divine, according to Dr Perkins, in England as against America, over-dependent on preachers' personality, TSE's wish that EH convert from, outside TSE's definition of 'Christian', the issue of communion, baptism, impossibly various, virtues heavenly and capital, bound up with the vices, better reached by way of sin, charity, towards others, in Bubu, TSE's intentness on, delusions of, as against tolerance, chastity, celibacy, beneath humility, TSE lacks vocation for, faith, and doubt, hope, a duty, TSE's struggle for, humility, distinguished from humiliation, comes as relief, greatest of the virtues, propinquitous to humour, not an Eliot virtue, opposed to timidity, danger of pride in, is endless, TSE criticised for overdoing, theatre a lesson in, most difficult of the virtues, possessed by EH, possessed by EH to a fault, TSE compares himself to EH in, the paradox of, distinguished from inferiority, self-discovery teaches, possessed by Dr Perkins, patience, recommended to EH, its foundations, possessed by Uncle John, purity, distinguished from purification, temperance, with alcohol, beneath humility,
Church of South India controversy, TSE chairs 'press conference on',
de la Mare, Walter, talks to TSE at tea-party, roped into Edith Sitwell poetry-reading, at which he reads, at which he is rated, exempt from public duties, his funeral,

4.Walterde la Mare, Walter de la Mare (1873–1956), poet, novelist, short story writer, worked for the Statistics Department of the Anglo-American Oil Company, 1890–1908, before being freed to become a freelance writer by a £200 royal bounty negotiated by Henry Newbolt. He wrote many popular works: poetry including The Listeners (1912) and Peacock Pie (1913); novels including Henry Brocken (1904) and Memoirs of a Midget (1921); anthologies including Come Hither (1923). Appointed OM, 1953; CH, 1948. F&F brought out several of his books including Collected Rhymes and Verses (1942) and Collected Poems (1948); and TSE wrote ‘To Walter de la Mare’ for A Tribute to Walter de la Mare (1948). See further Theresa Whistler, Imagination of the Heart: The Life of Walter de la Mare (1993).

Doolittle, Hilda ('H. D.'), rated at Aeolian Hall reading,
Elizabeth II, Queen (formerly Princess Elizabeth of York), prospect of her accession, seated next to TSE, at Royal Maundy, apparently enjoys The Confidential Clerk, discusses TSE and EVE's wedding,
Elizabeth, Queen, the Queen Mother, at Aeolian Hall poetry reading, attends Murder,
Faber and Faber (F&F), TSE's office in, the garrulousness of publishing, refuge from home, in financial straits, future feared for, tranquil Saturday mornings at, TSE disenchanted with, hosts summer garden-party, as part of Bloomsbury, TSE considers 'home', VHE intrusion dreaded at, robbed, increases TSE's workload, TSE's editorial beat at, negotiate over Murder in the Cathedral, pay advance for Murder, VHE's appearances at, and Duff Cooper's Haig, 'blurbs' for, commission new letterhead from Eric Gill, give Ivy lunch for Dukes, TSE as talent-spotter and talent-counsellor, and the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, mark TSE's 50th birthday, and the prospect of war, and closing The Criterion, lose Morley to America, on war footing, war ties TSE to, fire-watching duties at, wartime bookbinding issues, advertisements to write for, Picture Post photographs boardroom, offices damaged by V-1, consider moving to Grosvenor Place, lunch at Wednesday board-meetings, Christmas staff party,
Gibson, Wilfred, at Aeolian Hall poetry reading,
Grierson, Sir Herbert, Festschrift essay for, his Rectorial address, described for EH, remarries, evening in Edinburgh with, in TSE's reckoning,

15.SirGrierson, Sir Herbert Herbert Grierson (1866–1960), Knight Professor of Rhetoric and English Literature at Edinburgh University, was elected Rector in 1936; knighted in 1936; celebrated for his edition of The Poems of John Donne (2 vols., 1912) and Metaphysical Lyrics and Poems of the Seventeenth Century (1921) – which TSE reviewed in the TLS, 21 Oct. 1921. TSE’s address was delivered on Fri. 29 Oct.

Masefield, John, compared to TSE qua playwright, declines role in Kalevala celebrations, roped into Sitwell poetry reading, at the same, where he is rated, too ill for public duties,
Monro, Alida (née Klementaski), deputises for husband at Poetry Bookshop, reads at the Eliots' party, TSE worries for, and the Poetry Bookshop's future, TSE loses bet with, reports on VHE, coincidentally recommends that the Eliots separate, antipathetic to VHE, considers closing Poetry Bookshop, detects life in Willard Thorp, goes on about dead husband's ex-wife, regales TSE with Irish escapades, reports from Selsey, in straitened circumstances, breeding poodles,

3.AlidaMonro, Alida (née Klementaski) Klementaski (1892–1969) married Harold Monro on 27 Mar. 1920: see Alida Monro in Biographical Register.

Nicholson, Harold, lunch in Bloomsbury company with, compared to his wife, and Oswald Mosley, EH sent cutting of broadcast by, addresses appeasement on BBC, on Aeolian Hall poetry recital,

3.HaroldNicholson, Harold Nicolson (1886–1968) relinquished in 1930 a thriving career in the Diplomatic Service to work as a journalist for the Evening Standard. In Mar. 1931 he left the Standard to join Sir Oswald Mosley’s New Party, and became editor of the New Party’s journal Action.

Reading by Famous Poets, Aeolian Hall, described by TSE, according to 'The Londoner's Diary', Picture Post on, Harold Nicholson on,
Reunion by Destruction: Reflections on a Scheme for Church Union in South India, contemplated by TSE, suspended, on its second draft, sent to EH, for which TSE prepares her,
Sackville-West, Vita, TSE on, Annie Lamb recounts family history of, rated at Aeolian Hall reading, All Passion Spent,
Sheffield, Ada Eliot (TSE's sister), TSE's most likely family confidant, to host TSE on Boston return, TSE pictures his birthday-party with, Madison Street preferable to Eliot House, after seventeen years' separation, TSE begins to confide in, TSE and Henry visit together, accompanies TSE to Wellesley, counsels separation from VHE, speaks frankly with TSE about his domestic affairs, hosts post-Radcliffe Club reception, hosts the Eliot family Thanksgiving, attends second Norton lecture, hosts Wellesley English faculty and TSE, remembered in St. Louis, and TSE to discuss Yale lecture and VHE, hosts TSE for last time, informs the Hinkleys of TSE's separation, replies to EH on TSE and divorce, distinguishes her faith from TSE's, takes to Frank Morley, on the Perkinses, TSE advises on wines, on Aunt Susie, EH urged to be familial with, her struggles for independence, as sounding-board for EH's career, TSE's favourite sibling, shielded TSE from over-bearing Hinkleys, incompletely aware of TSE and EH's relationship, within the Eliot family dynamic, seems 'reserved' to EH, at Hinkley dinner, invites EH to lunch, reports improvement in EH's spirits, hosts TSE on 1936 arrival, and Marion and Theresa's Murder party, reassures TSE about Henry's ears, subscribed to CNL, her intellectual orbit, on Hastings's bust of TSE, war jeopardises TSE seeing again, apparently ill, recovering from major operation, has cancer, has second operation, ailing, in reportedly critical condition, her death contemplated, TSE's intimacy with, TSE's deathbed correspondence with, remembers TSE as boy, pursuing intellectual interests from deathbed, her place in the Eliot family, dies, in Henry's final report, EH describes her funeral, New York Times obituary, Boston Herald obituary, Sheff's memorial tribute to, TSE on her final illness, TSE's absence at death, wished for on VHE's death, invoked against EH,
see also Sheffields, the

2.AdaSheffield, Ada Eliot (TSE's sister) Eliot Sheffield (1869–1943), eldest of the seven Eliot children; author of The Social Case History: Its Construction and Content (1920) and Social Insight in Case Situations (1937): see Biographical Register.

Sitwell, Edith, TSE likens EH's portrait to, which displeases EH, which likeness TSE presently disclaims, shockingly altered, now seems more herself, brings Pavel Tchelitchew to tea, to tea on New Year's Day, at Harold Monro's funeral, dragoons TSE into poetry reading, at which she is rated, at odds with Dorothy Wellesley, at Poetry Reading for China, sends TSE whisky in hospital,
see also Sitwells, the

2.EdithSitwell, Edith Sitwell (1887–1964), poet, biographer, anthologist, novelist: see Biographical Register.

Sitwell, Osbert, talks politics with Joyce, describes the Eliots' dinner-party, the Eliots dine with, rated at Aeolian Hall reading, mis-introduced, memoirs of TSE,
see also Sitwells, the

3.OsbertSitwell, Osbert Sitwell (1892–1969), poet and man of letters. Early in his career, he published collections of poems, including Argonaut and Juggernaut (1919), and a volume of stories, Triple Fugue (1924); but he is now most celebrated for his remarkable memoirs, Left Hand, Right Hand (5 vols, 1945–50), which include a fine portrayal of TSE. TSE published one sketch by him in the Criterion. See John Lehmann, A Nest of Tigers: Edith, Osbert and Sacheverell Sitwell in their Times (1968); John Pearson, Façades: Edith, Osbert and Sacheverell Sitwell (1978); Philip Ziegler, Osbert Sitwell (1998). TSE to Mary Trevelyan, 16 Oct. 1949: ‘Edith and Osbert are 70% humbug – but kind – and cruel' (in Mary Trevelyan, 'The Pope of Russell Square’, 19).

Sitwells, the, as poets and people, their poetic limitations, the Eliots dine with, rated at Aeolian Hall reading,
spring, tormenting, bittersweet, unsettles, the cruelties of April, troubles, ennervates, irritates, weakens, languorous, at Shamley, in wartime, melancholy,
travels, trips and plans, EH's 1930 trip to England, EH's proposed 1931 England visit, called off, EH's 1932 summer holidays, the Eliots' Derby Day excursion, related, the Eliots' July 1932 Hindhead visit, the Eliots' August 1932 Eastbourne holiday, described, TSE's 1932–3 year in America, Norton Professorship offered to TSE, and the prospect of reunion with EH, which TSE refuses to see as decisive, which angers EH, who writes and destroys a response, TSE's financial imperatives, TSE's itinerary, and the question of discretion, opportunity for adventurous lecture-tours, TSE speculates on attendant feelings, TSE on the voyage over, TSE reflects on, TSE's return from, the Eliot family's Randolph holiday, TSE's 1933 westward tour to Scripps, proposed to EH, and TSE's need to lecture, possibly via St. Louis, TSE's itinerary, possible stopover in Seattle, a shameful source of happiness, still a happy thought, described by Havens and others, TSE reflects on, TSE's return from, TSE wonders at after-effect on EH, EH urged to reflect honestly on, Ada on, and a conversation about divorce, in EH's recollection, possible EH 1933 summer in England, TSE's 1933 Faber summer holiday, set for mid-August, postponed, rearranged, TSE buys summer outfits for, described, TSE's 1933 tour of Scotland, possible itinerary, Morley's preparations for, described for EH, TSE's 1933 trip to Paris, mooted, described, EH's 1934–5 year in Europe, TSE delighted at the prospect, attempts to coordinate with TSE's 1934 summer plans, the Perkinses due in Chipping Camden, EH's itinerary, TSE's initial weekend at Chipping Campden, TSE books rooms in Lechlade, TSE visits Campden again with family, and again alone, which visit TSE reflects on, TSE's plans to entertain EH en route to Europe, EH's continental itinerary, VHE and propriety inhibit pre-Paris arrangements, L'Escargot lunch, weekend in Sussex for EH's birthday, possible London tea-party, second lunch at L'Escargot, EH and TSE's November excursions, a month which TSE reflects happily on, EH's summer 1935 plans, EH departs England, EH in Florence, arrived in Rome, TSE coordinating with EH's return, TSE recommends Siena, EH returns to Florence, EH sails for Riviera, EH returns from France, L'Escargot lunch on EH's return, EH sails for Guernsey, May 1935, EH's June 1935 London sortie, TSE attends Dr Perkins's birthday, TSE's July 1935 Campden week, TSE offers to fund EH in London, where EH joins Jeanie McPherrin, TSE's Campden birthday weekend, prospect of EH spending month at Blomfield Terrace, Thorp theatre outing, TSE's 6–8 September Campden weekend, EH staying at 19 Rosary Gardens, EH to Campden for 15–17 November, EH sails for Boston, EH and TSE's final farewell, TSE and EH's final weeks in London, their excursion to Finchampstead, TSE reflects on, excursion to Greenwich, EH reflects on the final weeks of, TSE's 1934 Faber summer holiday, described, TSE's dream of Cairo, TSE's invitation to Finland, palmed off on Robert Nichols, TSE's 1935 tour of Scotland, proposed by Blake, attempts to coordinate with EH, TSE's itinerary, TSE's 1935 Faber summer holiday, TSE writes from, described, TSE's 1936 visit to Ireland, TSE's itinerary, recounted, TSE's spring/summer 1936 trip to Paris, first contemplated, date fixed, Morleys invited, TSE's itinerary, recounted, TSE's 1936 Faber summer holiday, TSE writes from, TSE's 1936 American trip, spring arrival dependent on New York Murder, if not spring, then autumn, possible excursions, autumn better for seeing EH, and possible Princeton offer, and possible Smith visit, efforts to coordinate with EH, passage on Alaunia booked, TSE's itinerary, Murder to pay for, coordinating with Eliot Randolph holiday, the moment of parting from EH, TSE's birthday during, TSE reflects on, TSE's 1937 tour of Scotland, itinerary, recounted, the Morley–Eliot 1937 trip to Salzburg, contemplated, itinerary, EH receives postcard from, described, as relayed to OM, EH's 1937 summer in England, and Mrs Seaverns, EH accompanies TSE to Edinburgh, itinerary coordinated with EH, dinner at L'Escargot, TSE's 10–11 July Campden visit, TSE's 17–22 July Campden visit, TSE's 21 August Campden visit, EH travels to Yorkshire, TSE reminisces about, TSE's 1937 Faber summer holiday, TSE reports from, leaves TSE sunburnt, TSE's 1938 trip to Lisbon, outlined to EH, TSE advised on, travel arrangements, the voyage out, described, EH's 1938 summer in England, and whether EH should spend it at Campden, EH's arrival confirmed, TSE's July Campden visit, EH's late-July London stay, TSE's 5–21 August Campden fortnight, TSE's 3–6 September Campden visit, EH's September London stay, TSE reflects on, TSE's 1938 Faber summer holiday, TSE's preparations for, TSE reports from, possible EH England Christmas 1938 visit, possible TSE 1939 visit to America, mooted for spring, complicated by Marion and Dodo's trip, shifted to autumn, threatened by war, made impossible, EH's 1939 England visit, TSE's efforts to coordinate with, threatened by war, complicated by Marion's arrival, EH's itinerary, EH's initial London stay, TSE's 7–20 July Campden visit, TSE's 22–30 August Campden visit, TSE's 2–4 September Campden visit, EH again London, EH and TSE's parting moments, in TSE's memory, memory vitiated by EH's subsequent letter, TSE's 1939 Faber summer holiday, TSE writes from, possible wartime transatlantic crossings, contingencies, in case of EH being ill, TSE's reasons for and against, and TSE's New York proposition, following invasion Denmark and Norway, impossible for TSE unless official, TSE's desire to remain in England, TSE's reasons for and against accepting lectureship, given Ada's impending death, TSE's abortive 1940 Italian mission, possible but confidential, lectures prepared for, and the prospect of seeing EP, might include Paris, itinerary, in jeopardy, final preparations for, cancelled, TSE's 1940 visit to Dublin, approved by Foreign Office, in national interest, itinerary, recounted, involves TSE's first plane-journey, TSE's 1940 Faber summer holiday, TSE reports from, TSE's 1941 Faber summer holiday, Kipling and fishing-rod packed for, TSE reports from, TSE's 1941 Northern tour, proposed by the Christendom group, arranged with Demant, itinerary, recounted, TSE's 1942 British Council mission to Sweden, TSE makes cryptic allusion to, as recounted to EH, as recounted to JDH, return leg in London, as war-work, TSE's 1942 New Forest holiday, described, TSE's 1942 week in Scotland, recounted, TSE's abortive 1942 Iceland mission, TSE's 1943 trip to Edinburgh, recounted, TSE's abortive 1943 Iceland mission, TSE's 1943 New Forest holiday, TSE's 1944 trip to Edinburgh, TSE's abortive 1944 North Africa mission, TSE's May 1945 trip to Paris, described, TSE's June 1945 trip to Paris, recounted, possible post-war American visit, and Henry's impending death, ideally ancillary to work, possibly as F&F's representative, waits on TSE's health and Carlyle Mansions, TSE's 1945 September fortnight in Lee, described, TSE's 1945 Christmas in Lee, described, TSE's 1946 summer in America, date for passage fixed, paperwork for, TSE's itinerary, its aftermath, recounted, TSE's 1947 summer in America, dependent on lecture engagements, TSE seeks to bring forward, Henry's condition brings further forward, set for April, itinerary, EH reflects on, TSE's scheduled December 1947 visit to Marseilles and Rome, itinerary, TSE's preparations for, dreaded, Roman leg described by Roger Hinks, EH's hypothetical March 1948 visit to England, TSE's postponed 1948 trip to Aix, itinerary, recounted, home via Paris, TSE's 1948 trip to America, itinerary, TSE's visit to EH in Andover, disrupted by Nobel Prize, TSE's 1948 Nobel Prize visit to Stockholm, itinerary, recounted, TSE's 1949 family motor-tour of Scotland, described, TSE's October–November 1949 trip to Germany, possible itinerary, preparations for, final itinerary, TSE's account of, the return via Belgium, TSE's January 1950 voyage to South Africa, all but fixed, itinerary, described by TSE, recounted by Faber, EH's 1950 summer in England, TSE books EH's hotel room for, TSE's efforts to coordinate with EH's movements, EH in Campden, TSE reports to Aunt Edith on, TSE's 1950 visit to America, and TSE's possible Chicago post, the Chicago leg, November itinerary, TSE's spring 1951 trip to Spain, itinerary, recounted, TSE's September 1951 Geneva stay, itinerary, recounted, TSE's 1951 British Council mission to Paris, recounted, TSE's second 1951 British Council mission to Paris, recounted, TSE's 1952 visit to Rennes and the Riviera, itinerary, recounted, TSE's 1952 visit to America, itinerary, efforts to coordinate with EH's summer, TSE on meeting with EH, TSE's 1952 rest cure in Switzerland, TSE's 1953 visit to St. Louis and America, set for June, to include fortnight in Cambridge, itinerary, EH's 1953 trip to England, EH's Alnwick plans, TSE books hotel for EH, and EH's ticket to Confidential Clerk, TSE's 1953 visit to Geneva, TSE's 1953–4 trip to South Africa, itinerary, described, arrival described to JDH, GCF on, TSE's 1954 Geneva rest cure, Geneva preferred to Paris, TSE's deferred 1955 visit to Hamburg, prospect inspires reluctance in TSE, proposed for spring 1955, dreaded, TSE now returned from, TSE's 1955 visit to America, and contingent speaking engagements, foreshortened, itinerary, Washington described, TSE's return from, TSE's 1955 Geneva rest cure, TSE's 1956 visit to America, passage fixed for April, itinerary, TSE in the midst of, TSE reflects on, TSE's 1956 Geneva rest cure, itinerary, recounted, illness during, EH's 1957 visit to England, TSE and EVE invited to Campden, TSE reciprocates with London invitation, but EH leaves England abruptly, which TSE consults Eleanor Hinkley over, who duly explains, TSE and EVE's 1958 trip to America, as rumoured to EH, EH's 1959 tour of Scandinavia, funded by bequest from cousin, TSE and EVE's 1959 trip to America, TSE and EVE's 1963 trip to America,
Waste Land, The, once seemed like a consummation, those lines addressed to EH, the figure of 'Marie', and TSE's stay at Lausanne, where it was mostly written, TSE forced to recite at garden-party, TSE recites at Wellesley, TSE on his recording of, TSE relives 'Hyacinth girl' episode, compared to Burnt Norton, dramatised for broadcast, Bridson on 'dramatised' broadcast, referenced by Lord Halifax, TSE reads 'What the Thunder Said' before the Queen, read at Harvard,