Literary baseball fan in Russell's "Conquest of Happiness"?
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Who was the literary baseball fan in Bertrand Russell's "Conquest of Happiness"? (1930)
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Or consider again the passionate joy of the baseball fan: he turns to his newspaper with avidity, and the radio affords him the keenest thrills. I remember meeting for the first time one of the leading literary men of America, a man whom I had supposed from his books to be filled with melancholy. But it so happened that at that moment the most crucial baseball results were coming through on the radio; he forgot me, literature, and all the other sorrows of our sublunary life, and yelled with joy as his favourites achieved victory. Ever since this incident I have been able to read his books without feeling depressed by the misfortunes of his characters.
I thought it might be T.S. Eliot, but "books" and "misfortunes of his characters" seems to suggest a novelist rather than a poet.