Saturday, September 26, 2009

T S Eliot and Jean Verdenal

In T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land, we read:

'You gave me hyacinths first a year ago;
'They called me the hyacinth girl.'
Yet when we came back, late, from the Hyacinth garden,
Your arms full, and your hair wet, I could not

Cats is based on Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot.

T.S. Eliot (1888-1965) was assumed by number of writers, such as Hart Crane and Harold Norse, to be gay.

Carole Seymour-Jones argued, in Painted Shadow: A Life of Vivienne Eliot (2001), that T. S. Eliot was gay.

In 1952, John Peter described Eliot's The Waste Land as a poem for a dead male lover.

Eliot's writings suggest his fascination with the homoerotic, especially early poems such as "The Little Passion," "The Burnt Dancer," and "The Love Song of St. Sebastian." (Article: Outing T.S. Eliot.(Critical essay).

Eliot had a relationship with Jean Verdenal (1889-1915).

This took place in Paris in 1910 and 1911 while Eliot was studying at the Sorbonne.

Verdenal died during World war I, aged 26.

In 1917, Eliot dedicated Prufrock and Other Observations to Verdenal.

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