The inscription is in the month after publication. The poem appeared first, of course, in The Criterion in London in October 1922.
The novelist, translator, and patron of the arts Sydney Schiff (1868--1944), who wrote under the pen name Stephen Hudson, supported a number of literary periodicals, artists and authors during and after the First World War, his circle including Eliot, Katherine Mansfield, Wyndham Lewis, John Middleton Murry and Frederick Delius. His manner was recalled by Jacob Isaacs as being "'fastidious, punctilious' and 'exquisitely courteous', while his appearance, on account of his moustache and conservatively tailored jackets, was that of a military man" (Michael H. Whitworth, Oxford DNB). Schiff married his second wife Violet Zillah Beddington in May 1911 (see lot 39), and after a long period travelling they eventually settled at Abinger Manor, near Dorking in Surrey in 1934. Their house was damaged by a stray German bomb in August 1944, and the shock may have been a contributing factor in Schiff's death in October the same year.
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