Thank you, CR, an exceedingly well-informed and lucid commentary. Eg Ron Schuchard recently once mentioned Eliot's correspondence with Mary Trevelyan on the prospect of marriage, but don't think it was generally known-about in any detail.
The only inaccuracy I think is that Valerie / the Eliot Estate forbade Ackroyd from quoting *any* part of Eliot's work or correspondence.
Incidentally YouTube has a 2009 BBC TV 'Arena' Documentary, which features many of Valerie's lovingly-preserved scrapbooks recording their life together; her charm bracelets etc etc - it's very touching / fascinating.
On 11 November 2012 19:00, Chokh Raj <[log in to unmask]>
and a very painstaking, insightful write-up in The Telegraph
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I have just received the sad news that the BBC has announced the passing of Valerie Eliot. I do not have any further information but will share it as received. In her memory, and in appreciation for her life, and for all her husband’s work that
she has placed in our care, Ron