Views & Reviews Between the Lines

Those were the days

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 28 February 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:511
  1. Theodore Dalrymple, writer and retired doctor

    T S Eliot was not the most accessible of writers, to put it mildly, but he wanted to show that he could write plays that would please the general public. Reading the products of his attempted demonstration rather puts me in mind of the duke who, reproached for never having ridden on a bus and for therefore being out of touch with the common people, promptly jumped on a bus to prove the accusation false and said to the driver, “Grosvenor Square, and quick!”

    Oddly enough, however, Eliot’s plays were a success (the script of The Cocktail Party even became a bestseller in America), which suggests that …

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