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About the Author
Valerie Eliot (1926-2012), née Esmé Valerie Fletcher, was the second wife of T. S. Eliot. As his widow she co-edited three previous volumes of his letters and sponsored the annual T. S. Eliot Prize. John Haffenden is emeritus professor of English literature at the University of Sheffield, senior research fellow of the Institute of English Studies, University of London, and a fellow of the British Academy.
"[A] rich and interesting volume . . . reveal[s] with honesty and a striking fragility the emotions and thoughts of a writer who worked long and hard to keep up a persona that was defined by its reticence . . . The letters are a watershed moment . . . they reveal so much."--Craig Woelfel, American Book Review--Craig Woelfel "American Book Review "
"This volume of Eliot's correspondence is prodigious in all things, not least intellect, beauty, personality, and size. . . . The biggest draw, of course, is the poet's extensive correspondence with intellectuals of the time, including Ezra Pound, Wyndham Lewis, Marianne Moore, Virginia Woolf, Robert Graves, Bertrand Russell, and Jean Cocteau."--Publishers Weekly--Publishers Weekly
"These chunky tomes of his correspondence allow us to follow day by day, drop by harrowing drop, Eliot's 'rudely forced' metamorphosis into the poet of hysteria whose sufferings enabled him, like Dostoevsky, to find 'the entrance to a genuine and personal universe.'"--Mark Ford, New York Review of Books--New York Review of Books