The Little Review. To the Editor of The Little Review
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612 ] The Little Review To the Editor of The Little Review The Little Review: Quarterly Journal of Art and Letters, 12 (May 1929) 90 I am distressed by your letter.1 I have been pallbearer at the funeral of several periodicals and have, like the speaker in Tom Moore’s famous poem, become used to the expectation that anything in which I am interested should die.2 But although I have not had the honour to contribute to The Little Review for some years, it is very hard to have such a landmark disappear .3 In fact it makes me feel that I am approaching old age. I have, I believe, a complete file of The Little Review of the days in which Pound was foreign editor and both he and Lewis and I were occasional contributors, and the serial parts of “Ulysses” were eagerly awaited.4 In those days The Little Review was the only periodical in America which would accept my work, and indeed the only periodical there in which I cared to appear. If it is certain The Little Review is no longer to be controlled by Margaret Anderson and yourself, may I express the hope that it may disappear altogether ? The Little Review did stand for so much that was important that I should not like to see the same title used for other purposes. With all best wishes. Sincerely yours, T. S. Eliot Notes 1. Jane Heap, co-editor with Margaret Anderson of The Little Review, sent a letter to TSE and scores of writers, artists, and musicians inviting them to respond to a questionnaire or write a letter for this final issue, titled “Confessions and Letters.” The sixty-two respondents included Pound, Lewis, and Joyce. 2. The Irish poet and composer Thomas Moore, from his “Lalla Rookh” (1817): “ I never lov’d a tree or flow’r / But ’twas the first to fade away. / I never nurs’d a dear gazelle / To glad me with its soft black eye, / But when it came to know me well / And love me, it was sure to die!” 3.TSE’scontributionsinproseandpoetrybeganin1917with“EeldropandAppleplex”andagroup of four poems: “Le Directeur,” “Mélange adultère de tout,” “Lune de miel,” and “The Hippopotamus.” In 1918, he contributed “In Memory of Henry James,” “Literature and the American Courts,” “The Hawthorne Aspect,” and another group of four poems: “Sweeney among the Nightingales,” “Whispers ofImmortality,”“Danslerestaurant,”and“Mr.Eliot’sSundayMorningService.” [ 613 The Little Review 4. Joyce’s novel was serialized (episodes I-XIV) from Mar 1918 to Dec 1920. Jane Heap wrote in her farewell editorial, “Lost: A Renaissance”: “We have given space in the Little Review to 23 new systems of art (all now dead), representing 19 countries. In all of this we have not brought forward anything approaching a master-piece except the ‘Ulysses’ of Mr. Joyce. ‘Ulysses’ will have to be the master-piece of this time. But it is too personal, too tortured, too special a document to be a master-piece in the true sense of the word. It is an intense and elaborate expression of Mr. Joyce’s dislike of this time” (5). ...