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Letter from Orwell to TS Eliot

George Orwell invites TS Eliot to contribute a reading.

BBC ARCHIVE
WRITTEN DOCUMENT
1942


16th October 1942

Dear Eliot,

I wonder if you would like to take part in a programme on Tuesday November 3rd.
We have a magazine number once a month which is called "Voice" and pretends to
be magazine in broadcast form. Where if it possible we try to get poets to read
their own work. We usually arrange each number round a central theme and we
think next time of having an American number. You are I think the only American
poet at present in England, though there may perhaps be others, in which case
I should be glad to hear about them. In any case we would like it very much
if you would take part and read something of your own, either one or two poems
taking anything up to five minutes in all. The other people who will probably
be taking part are Herbert Read, William Empson, myself and Mulk Raj Anand,
though we will try to dig up some American writers if we can. Please do
this if the date is at all possible for you. It will only mean giving up the
morning of that particular day.


Yours sincerely,

GEORGE ORWELL
Talks Producer
Indian Section


T.S. Eliot Esq.,
c/o Faber and Faber Ltd. (Publishers),
24, Russell Square,
W.C. 1.

NP


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16 October 1942

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1942

Synopsis

In this letter written to TS Eliot, care of his publishers, Faber and Faber, Orwell asks if Eliot will provide a reading for 'Voice', his magazine programme, to be broadcast by the Indian Service in November 1942.

Did you know?

Orwell produced some high quality arts programmes for the Eastern Service featuring some of the major literary figures of the time. Men such E.M. Forster, T.S. Eliot and Cyril Connolly were all regular contributors to Orwell's productions, the only notable exception being George Bernard Shaw who when asked for permission to quote from one of his works responded with the terse refusal "I veto it ruthlessly".

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Mulk Raj Anand
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William Empson
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