Valerie Eliot

Valerie Eliot, née Esmé Valerie Fletcher, was born in Leeds on 17th August 1926. She edited T. S. Eliot: The Waste Land, A Facsimile & Transcript of the Original Drafts (1971), The Letters of T. S. Eliot Volume I: 1898-1922 (1988; revised 2009), Volume II: 1923-1925 (2009) and Volume III: 1926-1927 (2012).

The success of the musical 'Cats' enabled Mrs Eliot to create Old Possum’s Practical Trust, a charitable body which has supported numerous arts and literacy charities and institutions including Newnham College, Cambridge and the London Library, and funded the T. S. Eliot Prize for Poetry.

Books by Valerie Eliot

Valerie Eliot and Hugh Haughton

Volume One of the Letters of T. S. Eliot, edited by Valerie Eliot in 1988, covered the period from Eliot’s childhood in St Louis, Missouri, to the end of ...

Valerie Eliot and Hugh Haughton

Volume One of the Letters of T. S. Eliot, edited by Valerie Eliot in 1988, covered the period from Eliot’s childhood in St Louis, Missouri, to the end of ...

Volume 4 of The Letters of T. S. Eliot, which brings the poet, critic, editor and publisher into his forties, documents a period of anxious and fast-moving professional recovery and ...

T. S. Eliot

April is the cruellest month, breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire, stirring
Dull roots with spring rain ...

Published in 1922, The Waste Land was the ...

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