Posted on September 26, 2022 at 8:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek
Poet T.S. Eliot was born on this day in 1888.
He’s known for many literary feats, including “The Waste Land” and “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock."
Less widely known, though, is his unusual relationship with comic Groucho Marx.
The way JSTOR describes it, we're reluctant to call it a friendship, per se, but the pair exchanged letters for a number of years — including one that sought Marx's autograph on a picture that Eliot could display.
JSTOR explores the class, religious, and political differences between Eliot and Marx, both of them "cultural titans," that prevented a true friendship.
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