By F. B. Pinion

Aiming to supply a complete survey of the paintings, poetry and prose of the poet T.S.Eliot (1888-1965), this article might be of distinctive price to lecturers of all educational degrees and to school and faculty scholars at domestic and in a foreign country.

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When Eliot visited a specialist on his wife's insistence, he was instructed to leave home immediately, remain unaccompanied for three months, follow prescribed rules strictly, and never exert his mind . The bank gave him paid leave, which, fearing a mental breakdown, he could not conscientiously take until he had trained an assistant to deputize for him . The prospect filled him with dread; he felt that, if he gave up his professional post, financial worry and journalistic toil would soon reduce him to a worse state.

To kill human affections would make one 'rather more a completely living corpse than most people are', he explained; human affections, he thought, cannot lead to the love of God, but the love of God is capable of elevating our affections, which otherwise would be little different from those of animals. When (the previous April) he and his brother Henry visited Rome with their wives, Tom had surprised and embarrassed the others by kneeling before Michelangelo's Pieta. Here was a spiritually humble, contrite man ritualizing his acceptance of a higher authority.

Stead lived at Finstock near Oxford , where he made arrangements for private baptism; the church was locked when the first stage of Eliot's conversion was registered on the afternoon of St Peter's Day, 29 June. The next day Stead drove him to the Bishop of Oxford's palace at 36 A T. S. Eliot Companion Cuddesdon, where he was confirmed. A final stage commenced about nine months later when, before Father Underhill, another of Robert Sencourt's friends , he made his first confession. About midway between these last two ecclesiastical advances, Eliot made an important secular change when he became a British citizen on 2 November 1927.

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