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If Eliot's will says nobody can quote from his letters until all of them hav=
e=20
been published, and Valerie Eliot doesn't get all of them published...then=20
what happens?

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THE SUNDAY TIMES: NEWS=20
            March 19 2000BRITAIN
           =A9
                  Eliot: rejected marriage offer

            Fight to publish memoir of T S Eliot's spurned love
            Richard Brooks, Arts Editor=20

            SHE was T S Eliot's closest female companion for two decades. Sh=
e=20
            helped him to write some of his greatest works, was the=20
inspiration=20
            for Julia in The Cocktail Party and had some "doodles" of poems=20
            composed for her.=20
            In 1949, Mary Trevelyan proposed to the poet in a letter. He=20
turned=20
            her down. She tried again the following year. Again, Eliot=20
rejected=20
            her marriage offer. She was devastated when he later married his=
=20
            secretary, Valerie, in 1957.=20
            But their love story was eventually written as a memoir by=20
            Trevelyan, who first offered it in the late 1960s to Faber and=20
            Faber, Eliot's publisher. It has been barred from publication fo=
r=20
            the past 35 years, partly to protect Eliot's reputation.=20
            His widow, Valerie - who is a large shareholder in Faber - was=20
            concerned that any portrayal of Eliot as a man who had spurned a=
=20
            woman obviously in love with him could harm the poet's image.=20
"She=20
            doesn't want anything appearing which could harm his reputation,=
=20
and=20
            has blocked the memoirs for years," said an Eliot expert.=20
            Valerie Eliot, now in her seventies, has copyright in her late=20
            husband's letters, on which the Trevelyan memoir is partly based=
..=20
In=20
            his will, Eliot stipulated that Valerie should edit his letters=20
and=20
            that Faber then publish them. Only when they were all published=20
            could others use them.=20
            Though Eliot, author of The Waste Land, died 35 years ago, his=20
widow=20
            has so far only brought out one volume of the letters. These ran=
=20
up=20
            to 1922, and were published in 1988.=20
            "I think the memoir should be published, even though there=20
clearly=20
            is a problem with the letters," says Lyndall Gordon, whose=20
            two-volume biography is widely accepted as the most authoritativ=
e=20
            version of the life of the American-born poet. "Trevelyan really=
=20
was=20
            Eliot's Boswell," he says. "Hugely influential, as well as being=
=20
            clearly in love with him."=20
            The letters of Trevelyan, a woman of some substance herself=20
through=20
            her work for the Foreign Office and appearing on BBC Radio's The=
=20
            Brains Trust, seem to have been destroyed by the poet. She, in=20
turn,=20
            burnt her diaries because "her heart was broken". Eliot's letter=
s=20
to=20
            Trevelyan are kept at Harvard University, the poet's alma mater.=
=20
            Eliot and Trevelyan first met in 1938 at a Christian conference=20
in=20
            Derbyshire. This was the same year as his first wife, Vivienne,=20
was=20
            put into a hos-=20
            pital because of her "madness". Trevelyan also helped Eliot with=
=20
his=20
            play The Confidential Clerk, and with names for some of his=20
            characters.=20
            Trevelyan, who ended her last years in poor mental and physical=20
            health, died in 1983. The memoir was jointly left to her nephew,=
=20
the=20
            biographer Humphrey Carpenter, who has written books on W H=20
Auden,=20
            Dennis Potter and Benjamin Britten, and her niece, Kate=20
Trevelyan.=20
            They and an Oxford post-graduate, Ian Smith, who has been editin=
g=20
            the memoir, called The Pope of Russell Square (a nickname for=20
Eliot=20
            from some of his admirers), are seeking to publish the story.=20
            "It's a remarkable chapter in both their lives," said Carpenter.=
=20
            "But for a variety of reasons it's proving very hard to get a=20
            publisher."=20
            Faber said last week that it was open to discussion on the=20
memoir.=20
            "Humphrey Carpenter should write to me, and let's see if it can=20
be=20
            published," said Matthew Evans, Faber's chairman. Valerie Eliot=20
            could not be contacted.=20
            Next page: BBC to plug pop chart sponsor=20
            =20
       =20



            =20
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            =20
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      Copyright 2000 Times Newspapers Ltd. This service is provided on Times=
=20
      Newspapers' standard terms and conditions. To inquire about a licence=20
to=20
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is letters until all of them have=20
<BR>been published, and Valerie Eliot doesn't get all of them published...th=
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<BR>what happens?
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<BR>THE SUNDAY TIMES: NEWS=20
<BR> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;March=
 19 2000BRITAIN
<BR> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;=A9
<BR> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp=
;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Eliot: rejected marriage offer
<BR>
<BR> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Fight=
 to publish memoir of T S Eliot's spurned love
<BR> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Richa=
rd Brooks, Arts Editor=20
<BR>
<BR> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;SHE w=
as T S Eliot's closest female companion for two decades. She=20
<BR> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;helpe=
d him to write some of his greatest works, was the=20
<BR>inspiration=20
<BR> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;for J=
ulia in The Cocktail Party and had some "doodles" of poems=20
<BR> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;compo=
sed for her.=20
<BR> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;In 19=
49, Mary Trevelyan proposed to the poet in a letter. He=20
<BR>turned=20
<BR> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;her d=
own. She tried again the following year. Again, Eliot=20
<BR>rejected=20
<BR> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;her m=
arriage offer. She was devastated when he later married his=20
<BR> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;secre=
tary, Valerie, in 1957.=20
<BR> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;But t=
heir love story was eventually written as a memoir by=20
<BR> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Treve=
lyan, who first offered it in the late 1960s to Faber and=20
<BR> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Faber=
, Eliot's publisher. It has been barred from publication for=20
<BR> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;the p=
ast 35 years, partly to protect Eliot's reputation.=20
<BR> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;His w=
idow, Valerie - who is a large shareholder in Faber - was=20
<BR> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;conce=
rned that any portrayal of Eliot as a man who had spurned a=20
<BR> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;woman=
 obviously in love with him could harm the poet's image.=20
<BR>"She=20
<BR> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;doesn=
't want anything appearing which could harm his reputation,=20
<BR>and=20
<BR> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;has b=
locked the memoirs for years," said an Eliot expert.=20
<BR> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Valer=
ie Eliot, now in her seventies, has copyright in her late=20
<BR> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;husba=
nd's letters, on which the Trevelyan memoir is partly based.=20
<BR>In=20
<BR> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;his w=
ill, Eliot stipulated that Valerie should edit his letters=20
<BR>and=20
<BR> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;that=20=
Faber then publish them. Only when they were all published=20
<BR> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;could=
 others use them.=20
<BR> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Thoug=
h Eliot, author of The Waste Land, died 35 years ago, his=20
<BR>widow=20
<BR> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;has s=
o far only brought out one volume of the letters. These ran=20
<BR>up=20
<BR> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;to 19=
22, and were published in 1988.=20
<BR> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;"I th=
ink the memoir should be published, even though there=20
<BR>clearly=20
<BR> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;is a=20=
problem with the letters," says Lyndall Gordon, whose=20
<BR> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;two-v=
olume biography is widely accepted as the most authoritative=20
<BR> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;versi=
on of the life of the American-born poet. "Trevelyan really=20
<BR>was=20
<BR> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Eliot=
's Boswell," he says. "Hugely influential, as well as being=20
<BR> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;clear=
ly in love with him."=20
<BR> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;The l=
etters of Trevelyan, a woman of some substance herself=20
<BR>through=20
<BR> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;her w=
ork for the Foreign Office and appearing on BBC Radio's The=20
<BR> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Brain=
s Trust, seem to have been destroyed by the poet. She, in=20
<BR>turn,=20
<BR> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;burnt=
 her diaries because "her heart was broken". Eliot's letters=20
<BR>to=20
<BR> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Treve=
lyan are kept at Harvard University, the poet's alma mater.=20
<BR> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Eliot=
 and Trevelyan first met in 1938 at a Christian conference=20
<BR>in=20
<BR> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Derby=
shire. This was the same year as his first wife, Vivienne,=20
<BR>was=20
<BR> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;put i=
nto a hos-=20
<BR> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;pital=
 because of her "madness". Trevelyan also helped Eliot with=20
<BR>his=20
<BR> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;play=20=
The Confidential Clerk, and with names for some of his=20
<BR> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;chara=
cters.=20
<BR> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Treve=
lyan, who ended her last years in poor mental and physical=20
<BR> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;healt=
h, died in 1983. The memoir was jointly left to her nephew,=20
<BR>the=20
<BR> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;biogr=
apher Humphrey Carpenter, who has written books on W H=20
<BR>Auden,=20
<BR> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Denni=
s Potter and Benjamin Britten, and her niece, Kate=20
<BR>Trevelyan.=20
<BR> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;They=20=
and an Oxford post-graduate, Ian Smith, who has been editing=20
<BR> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;the m=
emoir, called The Pope of Russell Square (a nickname for=20
<BR>Eliot=20
<BR> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;from=20=
some of his admirers), are seeking to publish the story.=20
<BR> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;"It's=
 a remarkable chapter in both their lives," said Carpenter.=20
<BR> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;"But=20=
for a variety of reasons it's proving very hard to get a=20
<BR> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;publi=
sher."=20
<BR> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Faber=
 said last week that it was open to discussion on the=20
<BR>memoir.=20
<BR> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;"Hump=
hrey Carpenter should write to me, and let's see if it can=20
<BR>be=20
<BR> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;publi=
shed," said Matthew Evans, Faber's chairman. Valerie Eliot=20
<BR> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;could=
 not be contacted.=20
<BR> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Next=20=
page: BBC to plug pop chart sponsor=20
<BR> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp=
;
<BR> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;
<BR>
<BR>
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;
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;
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;
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<BR>
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<BR> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Newspapers' standard terms and conditions=
.. To inquire about a licence=20
<BR>to=20
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