11 June 2009

Gerontion

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.



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

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