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Evidence that a certain event influenced a specific literary work that does not explicitly mention that event requires that two conditions are fulfilled: The event took place before the literary work was completed. Ideally, there is biographical information, such as letters or diary entries, that mention the influence of the event on the work in question. ...


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TL;DR: Several scholars have investigated the relationship between the 1918-1919 influenza pandemic on modernist writers including T. S. Eliot. Most such analysis has taken place in the past 25 years. The most visibly prolific researcher on this subject is Dr. Elizabeth Outka at the University of Richmond. She proposes that the pandemic influenced The Waste ...


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