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AIKEN, CONRAD. Typed letter signed to Jay Dillon in Morristown, N.J.; Brewster, Mass., 25 June 1970. One page, square 8vo, single-spaced, with envelope. A fine letter, responding to an inquiry from a college student: "...What you don't know, is that 'Senlin' came out in a volume called The Charnel Rose, Four Seas Co., Boston, in 1918: the first and fourth of my early symphonies, and I'm afraid you are now condemned to a reading of the whole damned lot...Of Course Tom [T.S. Eliot] read 'Senlin,' for I sent him everything, and of course it influenced him, that was a two-way street, and I think The Jig of Forslin [1916] and The House of Dust [1920] even more, q.v. I would think you might have known that I volunteered to take 'Prufrock' with me to England in 1914, where after vainly trying to sell it, I handed it to [Ezra] Pound, and he gave it to Harriet Monroe. Senlin was an invented name, Latin, meaning little old one, just as Forslin, punning, means chanceling or weakling, in both cases a persona for myself, or mankind...I don't get your reference to the three collaborators of Bolo -- Tom [T.S. Eliot] wrote them all...Thanks for the poems -- better Eliot than I did in Nocturne of Remembered Spring [1917]..."

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AIKEN, CONRAD. Typed letter signed to Jay Dillon in Morristown, N.J.; Brewster, Mass., 25 June 1970. One page, square 8vo, single-spaced, with envelope. A fine letter, responding to an inquiry from a college student: "...What you don't know, is that 'Senlin' came out in a volume called The Charnel Rose, Four Seas Co., Boston, in 1918: the first and fourth of my early symphonies, and I'm afraid you are now condemned to a reading of the whole damned lot...Of Course Tom [T.S. Eliot] read 'Senlin,' for I sent him everything, and of course it influenced him, that was a two-way street, and I think The Jig of Forslin [1916] and The House of Dust [1920] even more, q.v. I would think you might have known that I volunteered to take 'Prufrock' with me to England in 1914, where after vainly trying to sell it, I handed it to [Ezra] Pound, and he gave it to Harriet Monroe. Senlin was an invented name, Latin, meaning little old one, just as Forslin, punning, means chanceling or weakling, in both cases a persona for myself, or mankind...I don't get your reference to the three collaborators of Bolo -- Tom [T.S. Eliot] wrote them all...Thanks for the poems -- better Eliot than I did in Nocturne of Remembered Spring [1917]..."
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