He writes to Ossia Trilling of the Incorporated Stage Society responding to their selection of him to become a member. "On mature reflection...I must decline the proposed honour. I have already as many public associations as I can adequately cope with and I gave a strong objection to being a merely nominal member...." He signs, "T. S. Eliot." [Joshua] Ossia Trilling (1913-94), Eliot's corespondent, was a theater critic and occasional theater director and actor. Connected with the Incorporated Stage Society, Trilling directed the British premiers of Auguste Strindberg's plays, "The Road to Damascus, " and "Queen Christina."
Eliot's best known work is his poem, "The Wasteland" (1922). His other well known poems include "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," (1915) his first important poem, "Four Quartets" (1943) and his play, "Murder in the Cathedral" (1935). Eliot founded and edited the influential literary journal, "The Criterion," which provided a literary forum for many prominent contemporary writers. The journal did not attain financial stability until 1928 when it was steadily issued until 1939. This letter bears the letterhead of the journal. Fine in association to "The Criterion." In this period, Eliot wrote the play, "Family Reunion" (1939).