Autumn 1941 • Vol. III No. 4 NonfictionFebruary 17, 2024 |

Writers on Eliot

Many communications have come to us defending T. S. Eliot against his critic, Yvor Winters, whose serial essay, "T. S. Eliot'. The Illusion of Reaction,” has appeared in this Volume; others have defended Picasso against his critic, Wyndham Lewis, whose essay, "Picasso,” appeared in last year's Volume. For publication we have abstracted by permission some parts of a letter in each group.' Sir, ... He is determined that Eliot shall be classed as a determinist, and a sort of “sauve qui pent’* type of criticism is the result. In order to clinch his argument, Dr. Winters quotes from After Strange Gods this passage: No sensible author, in the midst of something that he is trying to write, can stop to consider whether it is going to be romantic or the opposite. At the moment when one writes, one is what one is, and the damage of a lifetime, and of having been born into an unsettled society, cannot be repaired at the moment of composition. It is a small point upon whic

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