Winter 1965 • Vol. XXVII No. 1 Nonfiction |

A Conversation with T. S. Eliot

I have always been interested in the great and lively sweep of T. S. Eliot's ideas and interests, and usually take the opportunity to discuss them with him on the too-rare occasions when we meet. His political ideas, for instance—aristocratic and theocratic in a time barren of political ideas—I think fascinating and seminal and too little pursued. In 1958, I arranged with the European Service of the BBC a discussion with Eliot that would cover many of his ideas and activities. I hoped to draw out the whole politico-literary, and Christian, man. We talked in our shirt-sleeves in the board room of Faber and Faber on the hottest London day I can remember. The first part of our conversation, mostly about Dr. Erich Kahler's The Tower and the Abyss, is lost forever because the technicians were so interested that they omitted to switch on the tape, and we were wise enough not to attempt to repeat a spontaneous discussion. Fortunately, the omission was soon discovered, but it accounts f

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