Giedion to Nef re a “promising young scholar”

On August 3, 1943, Sigfried Giedion wrote his friend John Nef at the University of Chicago (where Nef was one of the founders of the Committee on Social Thought and a close aide to UC President Robert Hutchins) about his meeting with a “promising young scholar” in St Louis that spring: Mr H.M. McLuhan. Giedion wrote Nef (in his somewhat stilted English):

One evening at St Louis I met a young scholar of English literature, Mr H M McLuhan.  I had an excellent impression of this young man who seems to live rather isolated at St Louis University. I heard that he made the PhD at Cambridge (England) and that he became there a catholic (as for instance also T.S. Eliot).  I did not read any of his articles, but I shall ask him to send me some fragments of his book on English literature, and when they are all right, I shall try and do my best that they will be published by a good publisher. Perhaps Chicago University may invite him once [presumably ‘einmal’ = ‘sometime’] for a lecture. (…) I guess, Mr McLuhan would fit into the Chicago environment and I did not find many youngsters of his kind of approach.