Poetic Justice: Madison Cawein and T.S. Eliot

Spencer Cawein Pate stands beside a bust of his distant relative, Madison Julius Cawein in Louisville, Kentucky

Spencer Cawein Pate says, “For those readers who are not related to poets, rest assured that it is a unique and satisfying experience to learn that T.S. Eliot plagiarized from one of your distant relatives.  In my case, the relative was Madison Julius Cawein (pronounced “CAW-wine”), a prolific Kentucky poet who was acclaimed and popular in his day (b. March 23, 1865, d. December 8, 1914) but is now all but forgotten.”

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Charles Williams and The Lost Club Journal


Glen Cavaliero, writing about Charles Williams for  The Lost Club Journal, says, “Even devotees of weird fiction have paid insufficient attention to the works of Charles Williams – there is no entry on him in the Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural (1986), for example; perhaps because his ‘spiritual shockers’ had a loftier aim than making the flesh creep. He used his books as vehicles for his brand of religious mysticism. ‘There are no novels anywhere quite like them,’ wrote T. S. Eliot. ‘. . . He really believes in what he is talking about.’ It does not help his reputation that his novels are out of print in Britain. In the US they are published by Eerdman’s.”

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