Probably Peter Ackroyd and Lyndall Gordon. Lyndall Gordon has
committed years to his biography and wrote three books. The third, T. S.
ELIOT: AN IMPERFECT LIFE, is a combination and revision of the
previous two. She probably has done more research than anyone else. It
is difficult to do because of the protection and suppression of so much by
his estate. But she has dug up massive detail. I am about to read the new
bio of Vivienne, and despite the immediate dismissal by many (in some
cases prior to reading it) a review of her bibliography and notes and some
skimming suggests she also has done massive research. You ultimately
need to piece together various sources, but I would start with Gordon.
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Subject: Re: Thoughts on "La Figlia che Piange"
Which biographies of Eliot are best to read about his Life?