Pg. 529 of David Markson’s copy of The Web and the Rock by Thomas Wolfe:
On which Markson has placed the beginnings of a bracketed line that will go on from this page until pg. 236 of the book, encompassing a section of the text featuring the character Seamus Malone.
On this page, which is almost entirely marked in the margins by the line, Thomas Wolfe has Seamus Malone ranting about T. S. Eliot:
“‘Mr. Eliot from Missouri, has become a Royalist! A Royalist, if you please,’ choked Mr. Malone, ‘and an Anglo-Catholic!’”
Earlier in the novel, Thomas Wolfe had written:
“—a royalist from Kansas City, a classicist from Nebraska, a fool from nowhere and from nothing.”
Which Richard S. Kennedy, in his book on Wolfe, The Window of Memory, said “is an unmistakable swing at Eliot.”
In the preface to his own essay collection, For Lancelot Andrewes, Eliot himself claimed he was each of these three things:
“Classicist in literature, royalist in politics, and anglo-catholic in religion.”
In Markson’s Reader’s Block we find:
“Anglican. Royalist. Classicist.”
Written on pg. 56.
Obvious reference to “Mr. Eliot from Missouri.”