Advertisement

Remembering Eliot

  • Stephen Spender

Abstract

In World Within World I wrote that I first met Eliot in 1930 when he invited me to lunch at a London restaurant. I had forgotten that the first meeting must have been at University College, Oxford, when he addressed an undergraduate club, the Martlets, on Wednesday, 16 May 1928. There was a dinner, at the end of which the menu was passed round and signed by all present. I still have this menu, with Eliot’s autograph; that I should have kept it bears witness to the aura Eliot’s name already had for undergraduate poets. Eliot attended the meeting of the Martlets, on the condition that he should not give an address, but would answer questions only. Inevitably, the club being half literary, half philosophical, the discussion turned to the problem, ‘How can we prove that a work of art is beautiful?...’

Keywords

Early Thirty Literary Periodical Young Writer Impersonal Pronoun Young Poet 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

Preview

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Copyright information

© Stephen Spender 1978

Authors and Affiliations

  • Stephen Spender

There are no affiliations available

Personalised recommendations