"Lost Generation" American-born poet
and critic, later a British citizen. One of the major figures of 20th Century
literature, author of such great works as "The
Wasteland" and Four Quartets.
Eliot and Barfield were in a writing
group together in London in the 1930s. He would accept "Dope"
for publication in Criteron
and later reviewed several of
Barfield's books favorably.
"Introduction" to A Barfield Sampler, Hunter and Kranidas
report the following:
In a letter to T. S. Eliot
in March 1924, [Barfield] records his decision not to rest in lament:
I am little tired of
literature which can do nothing but point out ironically that there is
nothing much going on but disintegration and decay.
This was a rather bold statement
to an author who had published The Wasteland two years earlier. (6)