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Library JournalLike the preceding three books in the "Letters of T.S. Eliot" series, volume four contains the letters of poet and critic T.S. Eliot (1888–1965), meticulously annotated by his second wife Valerie Eliot (1926–2012) and editor Haffenden (emeritus, English, Univ. of Sheffield; The Letters of T.S. Eliot). It covers the period when Faber & Gwyer, the publishing company for which Eliot was a director, emerged from reorganization as Faber & Faber. The Monthly Criterion, a literary magazine founded by Eliot, who served as its editor from1922–39, went from a monthly to a quarterly publication as the result of financial difficulties. Eliot's first wife, Vivien, continued to suffer from mental health issues, a cause of strain on their marriage from the start. Received into the Church of England as an Anglo-Catholic, Eliot turned to his faith for consolation and sustenance. Mostly addressed to business associates, Eliot's correspondence also includes friends, family, and literary figures Ezra Pound, Conrad Aiken, W.H. Auden, James Joyce, and Leonard and Virginia Woolf. Letters composed by publishing house chair Geoffrey Faber and Vivien Eliot are also included.
Verdict An important resource for Eliot scholars, this volume will appeal to readers interested in Eliot’s life in business, balancing the duties of publisher, editor, husband, and poet.—Denise J. Stankovics, formerly with Rockville P.L., CT
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