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Only Connect - T.S. Eliot <> Sir Michael Tippett

How are these sitters connected?

The connection:

Michael Tippett described T. S. Eliot as his ‘spiritual father’. At their last meeting, Tippett teased him for the prose style of his play, The Family Reunion.

Find out more about Eliot connections with co-curator Peter Sheppard Skaerved

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