11 June 2009


After visiting relatives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and giving a lecture at the University of Minnesota, T.S. Eliot was aboard the RMS Queen Mary on this day in 1956; nearly half way to England, the poet suffered a heart attack and was tended to by ship's doctors. Upon arrival in Southampton, he would be taken off the ship in a chair [pictured] and whisked away to a local hospital. Eliot, 67, who had had experiences with heart trouble prior to his boarding the Queen Mary, would recover to live another nine years.

The Harvard Crimson
T.S. Eliot, An Imperfect Life by Lyndall Gordon

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