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Re: Wasteland's Game of Chess
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.0172  Friday, 27 February 1998.

From:           M. McConnachie <
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Date:           Monday, 23 Feb 1998 15:51:48 +0000
Subject:        Wasteland's Game of Chess

>Currently, I have a course on Shakespeare and another course on T.S.
>Eliot's "The Wasteland."  I noticed that in The Tempest Miranda and
>Ferdinand play a game of chess.  I also noticed that in "The Wasteland"
>there are many references to Shakespeare's The Tempest.  I am wondering
>if there is any significance or connection to Miranda and Ferdinand's
>game of chess to section 2, "A Game of Chess" in Eliot's "The
>Wasteland?"  If anybody can shed some light on this matter, please
>respond!

As I recall, the game of chess in Eliot's Wasteland in fact refers to
the Thomas Middleton satire 'A Game at Chesse', which Eliot described as
'a perfect piece of literary political art'. He was a great fan of
Middleton, as you can see from the selected essays still in print from
Faber. That doesn't mean he may not have had Tempest's game in mind as
well!

Yours,
Moray
 

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