Humanizing Contact over a Common Project Brought the Two Literary Giants Together
So much our culture can learn from!!
Loved the wonderful details on their connection. I remember Eliot's poem because of the line "I have measured out my life in coffee spoons", and it was such a surprise to read Lewis' response to the "etherised" line with his own poem. Thanks for your continued, insightful expositions!
Read this at 4:30 am and it perked me up almost like my first cup of coffee. Didn’t know a post about rivalry and grief could do this. And also a welcome reminder of how writing often paves the way to shared mourning and healing. Thank you.
Eliot, a devout Anglo-Catholic, and having later written such an intense religious poem like Four Quartets it’s not surprising Lewis might become more tolerant of his early literary nuances. They shared a deep Faith. My understanding is that Eliot was transformed by his second marriage, becoming genuinely happy according to some. A more likable trait I'd say. I also think the two wives made a difference. Thanks again for another thoughtful post.
What an insightful and inspiring article! It’s a reminder and rebuke everyone of us needs. I often think about how we love those we set our affection on who have ideas we abhor, but because we love them they’re valuable and garner our devotion. We have our personal examples of how to “love the unlovable” along with our Elder Brother, Christ Jesus, as the best exemplar—let’s keep striving to be like Him!
I never thought of those two as overlapping in terms of their connections. But they were contemporaries and it makes sense that they would have met. It’s good that they ultimately got along with each other. They were both talented men who made significant contributions in their own ways.
Lovely! Thank you for this.