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)
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.