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26ing Eliot

 

Viva the young Dafoe.

Viva the young Dafoe.

T. S. Eliot was born on 9.26.1888. When he was 26, he married his first wife, Vivienne Haigh-Wood, on June 26. Their ages—both 26—were mentioned within the first lines of the movie Tom and Viv, originally a play, about their marriage. She was a pretty sickly gal: “In a letter addressed to Ezra Pound, she covers an extensive list of her symptoms, which included a habitually high temperature, fatigue, insomnia, migraines, and colitis,” on top of a dash of mental instability that was likely the result of a hormonal imbalance. Eliot noted late in life that “To her, the marriage brought no happiness. To me, it brought the state of mind out of which came The Waste Land.” Well, his unhappiness was to the gain of, you know, everyone, considering it is one of the greatest poems of the 20th century.

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