THE T. S. ELIOT EDITORIAL PROJECT
The Estate of T. S. Eliot, Faber&Faber, and the Institute of English Studies, University of
London, announced the commencement of theT. S. EUot Research Project in March 2009. With three years of funding from the Arts and Humanities research council (AHRC) and the T. S. Eliot Estate, the Project will co-ordinate, for the first time, the editing of the poetry, plays, prose and correspondence of perhaps the most influential writer of the twentieth century. The Principal Investigator is Professor John Haffenden, FBA (School of English, University of Sheffield, and a Senior research FeUow of the Institute of English Studies, University of London).
Since Eliot's death in 1965 much of his prose has fallen out of print, while remarkable numbers of essays, lectures, introductions, reviews, and contributions to debates as varied as literature religion, politics, education, publishing and cultural commentary, have never been collected despite international interest in a complete and annotated edition ofhis works. While scholarly editions ofsome of EUot's poems were issued—notably Inventions of the March Hare (1996)—most of the poetry had yet to be edited to the standards expected by scholar, student and general reader. The same holds true for the plays.
This Project brings together the work of a dedicated team of editors, co-ordinated by the Institute of English Studies, University of London, with the aim of delivering the volumes as soon as possible. The editions will correspond in terms of presentation, apparatus and supplementary materials. In addition, editors will have unprecedented access to the archival resources (both the library and a wealth of papers) owned by Mrs Valerie Eliot and Faber&Faber Ltd., and to Professor Ronald Schuchard's digital database (at Emory University) of the prose writmgs. They will also be using materials in T.S. Eliot collections, public and private, across the world. With the commitment and support of both the Estate and Faber, this will ensure that eight volumes will be delivered for publication by the year 2014, with the Complete Plays (edited by John Haffenden) to appear the same year. All are being edited or co-edited by scholars in the UK and US.
The Complete Poems in two volumes is being edited by Professor Sir Christopher Ricks FBA
(Boston University) and Jim Mccue (IES). Two of the eight volumes of The Complete Prose
(General Editor Ronald Schuchard, Emory University) are being co-edited by Jason Hardmg
(Durham Uni, and visiting research Fellow, IES) and Iman Javadi (IES). These volumes will contain Eliots literary and cultural writings of the 1930s and 1940s, including The Use of Poetry and the Use of Criticism, .After Strange Gods, Notes Towards a Definition of Culture, and other collections, together with a wealth ofunpublished or uncollected prose ofthe period: essays, lectures, addresses, reviews, commentaries from his journal The Criterion, and letters to the press.
Other volumes in the series are being co-edited by other scholars including Professors Jewel
Spears Brooker, David Chinitz, and Iman Javadi.
The first parts of this comprehensive series to appear were two volumes of The Letters, co-edited
By Valerie Eliot and Hugh Haughton, published in November 2009. The new edition of volume 1, up to the end of1922, benefited from more than 20 years of new discoveries and scholarship, and volume 2 takes the story up to the end of 1925, the year Eliot joined Faber. Volume 3, edited by the General Editor of the series, John Haffenden, covers the years 1926-1928 and was published in the Spring of 2012.
The outcome of this combined enterprise will be authoritative, accurate and co-ordinated editions of the poetry, plays, prose and letters. At long last, readers will be able to see Eliot whole.
Including scores of unrecorded and unpublished pieces in verse and prose, it will facilitate a
thorough critical assessment, place his writings in new relations to one another, and facilitate the fullest appreciation of Eliot's genius.