Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Poetic Obituaries: [T.S.] Eliot, the foremost poet of his generation,

was unaware that when the Yorkshire-born schoolgirl heard John Gielgud's recording of his Journey of the Magi early on in the second world war, her life's ambition was clear. Her family used to laugh at her obsession. "I felt I just had to get to Tom, to work with him," she once told an interviewer.

After his death on 4 January 1965, Valerie proved a sterling and inspirational guardian of Eliot's work. She inherited his shareholding in the publishers Faber and Faber and became an active member of the board.

from The Guardian: Letter: Valerie Eliot obituary


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