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doomsday123 | Student, Grade 11 | eNoter

Posted March 6, 2012 at 5:42 AM via web

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Who is the F. W. Morley who T. S. Eliot said he is indebted to for help in the construction of Murder In The Cathedral? I need to know his biography.

I'm writing an essay and reviewing the play with Marxist criticism/ I've found plenty of evidence but now I need people who Eliot was worked with or was associated with that may have had a Marxist influence on him.

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 6, 2012 at 9:00 AM (Answer #1)

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Frank Vigor Morley (1899-1985) was the son of the famed mathematician and chess enthusiast Frank Morley (1860-1937), who once defeated the world's reigning chess champion. A longtime friend of T. S. Eliot, Frank V. Morley was an executive at the Faber and Faber publishing firm that published several of Eliot's works, including Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats. It was for Morley's children that Eliot composed the poem "Cows." In addition to his work as a publisher, Morley also was a Rhodes scholar and mathematician who worked with his father for more than two decades. Frank's brother, Felix, became the president of Haverford College, while brother Christopher was a novelist.

 

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