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T. S. ELIOT (1888-1965)
The relations between Ottoline Morrell and T. S. Eliot are not easy to decipher. He was lastingly grateful to Morrell for her hospitality to him and his ailing wife, Vivienne, and yet she was clearly puzzled by him: 'Where does his queer neurasthenic poetry come from, I wonder?' she asked Bertrand Russell. However, Robert Gathorne-Hardy records that she encouraged her visitors to read him and, for his part, Eliot never published anything wounding about her: indeed, at the end of his life he can be assumed to have promoted the publication of Morrell's Memoirs by Faber.