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The Letters of T.S. Eliot
The Letters of T.S. Eliot
Volume 1: 1898-1922, Revised Edition

In two highly anticipated volumes, the correspondence of the twentieth century’s eminent man of letters, from youth to early manhood


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references T. S. Eliot on 11/28/2019, 1:19:12 AM

note T.S. Eliot wrote Norbert Weiner a letter while he was at Merton College in Oxford. The note is included in this book. on 11/28/2019, 1:19:54 AM

excerpt I presume you are now going through what I tried my hand at last year; teaching freshmen what they didn’t want to know and what I didn’t know myself. Since arriving here I have decided that I knew a number of things which were not essential and was ignorant of a number of things which are. I wish now that I had taken a year – several years – here first and done my Harvard work later, instead of beginning my house at the roof. I have begun to entertain the highest respect for English methods of teaching in addition to the disapproval for our own which I had acquired through experience. I would give a great deal to have done the regular undergraduate course here. But I must make the best of it now. Oxford is a quiet and deserted place now, but, I expect, a better place to work in. on 11/28/2019, 1:23:20 AM

excerpt You seem to be doing phil[osophy] rather than math[ematics].3 I can’t imagine what on earth you are doing with McTaggart,4 unless you are reading Hegel or drinking whiskey. on 11/28/2019, 1:24:27 AM

excerpt However, I took a piece of fairly technical philosophy for my thesis, and my relativism made me see so many sides to questions that I became hopelessly involved, and wrote a thesis perfectly unintelligible to anyone but myself; and so I wished to rewrite it. on 11/28/2019, 1:29:20 AM

note I take it back. The final letter between Weiner and Eliot is worth reading. (Although not directly relevant to my thesis). Would love to see Wiener's response. I wonder if an archive or book of his correspondence exists anywhere. on 11/28/2019, 1:32:13 AM

references Norbert Wiener on 11/28/2019, 1:58:53 AM


Nothing to exciting in them unfortunately. But still very interesting that the two knew each other. via The Letters of T.S. Eliot on 11/28/2019, 1:25:54 AM