The Cambridge Companion to TSE says that the "biographies that exist range
from partisan to abusive; none are satisfactory, for no biographer has had
access to Eliot's papers." It also points out that two months before he
died, Eliot specifically told his executors that they were not to
"facilitate or countenance writing of any biography of me." With that
caveat, the closest satisfactory biographies are the books by Peter Ackroyd
(TSE: A Life) and Lyndal Gordon's Eliot's Early Years 1977, Eliot's New
Life 1988, and T.S. Eliot: An Imperfect Life 1999. There are some other
works that combine analysis and biography, but these are a good start.
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> Which biographies of Eliot are best to read about his Life?
> Sue E.