sound ok, but unfortunately I learned differently when we had even tiny quotes
in the Cambridge book. We had to remove them. I still don't know
how to address the problem, but one point here is that Eliot's work is not out
of copyright. It continues until long after the poet's death, not just
the copyright date. Hence the fact that no one can read Eliot's letters
to Emily Hale, though they are long past any copyright date or the poet's
death. I thought it was 50 years, but I think the letters can not be
seen until 2019 or 2020. And even TWL--from 1922--is still not out of
copyright. It's held by the estate, i.e., Valerie, and charges for even
slight quotations are very high. It's ironic for a poet whose own work
is a mass of lines from other texts.
Tracking down permissions is one
of the long and tiresome tasks of editing. I knew the number of years
once but no longer remember for certain.
I'm sure Rick can give us the
details on dates----Rick?
Often only the actual quotations will be meaningful, but if it
can be otherwise, much is possible nevertheless. For example, and invoking
mandatory TSE content, Peter Ackroyd masterfully circumvented the problem in his
TSE biography and is quoted himself as saying having to accomplish
that made him an expert in the art of precis and circumlocution !