I may be wrong, and I have deleted the originals, but I thought the
discussion was about the early married years well before 1925. By that
time he had been with Lloyd's bank for some years and was not as
financially distressed. It was mainly 1915-1917 that he had the greatest
problems. In 1929 Virginia Woolf thought a woman could be economically
safe with 500 pounds a year. A couple with constant medical problems
and two maids would, of course, require quite a bit more.
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Subject: Eliot's income (was: Printing of Eliot's work)
Nancy Gish wrote:
> I think you are right about how difficult it is to read his letters and
> tell if he was just irresponsible or was genuinely in need. But I think
> it also comes from the fact that he and Vivienne got married with no
> money or prospects, and he had been living on his parents' money as well
> as fellowships. He seemed to assume they would go on supporting him,
> and he had not made any arrangements to be sure he could do it himself.
> He seems to have had the kind of background that led him to expect to be
> supported until he was self sufficient, but his family naturally also
> seemed to feel if he went off on his own tangent and left Harvard and
> got married, his ought to be prepared to take care of himself. And he
Carole Seymour-Jones' book "Painted Shadow" has quite a bit on Eliot's
income, prospects and finacial difficulties. It is spread thoughout the
book though. On page 369 are some facts that are easy for me to retell.
By 1925 TSE's father had died but TSE's inheritance was not allowed to be
managed by him by the terms of his father's will. TSE's brother Henry
took care of the stocks. Henry estimated that his brother's income in
1925 was $5,000 (or 1,000 pounds.) Seymour-Jones says that in 1925 a
might bring in 35 pounds a year and that the Eliot's had two maids.