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    Sale 2446 | Lot 348
    Estimate: $1,000 - $2,000
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    • Sale 2446 Lot 348

      "ANIMULA": "IT IS . . . IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND GROUNDS ON WHICH TO CENSOR THAT POEM" ELIOT, T.S. Typed Letter Signed, to "Dear Mr. Abernethy," expressing surprise at his suggestion that "Animula" has been placed on a censorship index. 1 page, oblong 8vo, personal stationery; minor smudging to signature, faint cup stain at lower right, vertical folds. Cambridge, 8 November 1932

      Estimate $1,000 - 2,000

      "I am very much surprised at what you tell me about the importation of 'Animula', and feel quite sure that it must be a mistake. There is nothing whatever in that poem which could possibly attract the censor; and if they had been going to put my poems on the index they would have had to start long before that poem was written. . . . [S]end a postal order for thirty cents or so . . . to Faber & Faber, 24 Russell Square London, and see what happens. I should be more than surprised if it did not get through. It is so impossible to find grounds on which to censor that poem that it would not be wise to take such steps as you suggest until more authoritative information & evidence is at hand."
      After living in the United Kingdom since 1914 and renouncing his American citizenship in 1927, Eliot accepted a professorship at Harvard beginning in 1932, where he delivered the lectures that would become The Use of Poetry and the Use of Criticism, 1933.