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VIRAGO ACQUIRES GROUND-BREAKING BOOK BY LYNDALL GORDON BASED ON SEALED T.S.
ELIOT LETTERS — Blake Friedmann

http://blakefriedmann.co.uk/news/virago-lyndall-gordon-eliot-letters

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On Sat, Jan 19, 2019 at 8:01 PM Nancy Gish <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> I think the life is deeply revealing when we can know it, and not as
> hero-worship (which simply distracts and confuses) but as insight. It does
> matter, I think, that Pound broadcast for Mussolini, that Dickinson was
> a recluse, that Plath was suicidal, that MacDiarmid and Jones were in WWI
> for all four years. All that reveals the life and experience that evoked so
> much poetry. And it matters how Eliot thought of, treated, wrote to and
> about women. His poems through *The Waste Land *are full of images and
> attitudes towards women. Then he pretty much removed them altogether except
> for statues and lines from saints. Why? We learn a lot about those poems
> from his experience.
>
> Perhaps it is not the same with Shakespeare precisely because of what
> Keats called his "negative capability": he wrote plays for many, many
> voices and did not make any one voice central. (Only a speculation--and
> then there are the sonnets, a mystery). But acting Shakespeare leaves one
> an immense range of possible directions.
>
> But hero worship is empty and a barrier to understanding. They were all
> great poets, not models for life.
> Nancy
>
> On Sat, Jan 19, 2019 at 7:34 PM [log in to unmask] <
> [log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
>> What is known of Shakespeare's life, once I was told, could be confined
>> to an index card.    Yes, the life of the great poet is greatly interesting
>> but at some point hero-worship seems to supersede the heroic.
>>
>> Sent from my iPhone
>>
>> > On Jan 19, 2019, at 12:12 PM, Materer, Timothy J. <
>> [log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> >
>> >
>> > From
>> https://www.thebookseller.com/news/virago-acquires-fresh-take-ts-eliot-ahead-release-over-1000-letters-935401
>> >
>> > Virago acquires fresh take on TS Eliot ahead of release of over 1,000
>> letters
>> > Published January 18, 2019 by Katherine Cowdrey
>> >
>> > Virago is publishing Eliot Among the Women by TS Eliot biographer
>> Lyndall Gordon, a book exploring the impact of the women in Eliot's life on
>> his work following the release of decades-confined correspondence.
>> >
>> > Promised to be an "important book" on the poet, whose life and work is
>> believed to have been shaped by four women in particular, it will draw on
>> more than 1,000 letters Eliot wrote to Boston-born teacher of drama, Emily
>> Hale - correspondence that the book's author says is "central to
>> understanding his most private emotions during the decades when his
>> creativity was at its height".
>> >
>> > Representing the largest single series of the poet’s correspondence, in
>> January 2020 the 1,131 letters TS Eliot wrote to Hale from 1930 to 1956,
>> housed in 12 boxes at Princeton University Library for over 60 years, will
>> have their steel security bands cut and be opened after decades'
>> confinement.
>> >
>> > Whilst these letters will lead the project, his relationships with
>> other women who were close to him - extending also to his first wife,
>> Vivienne Haigh Wood, companion Mary Trevelyan, and second wife Valerie
>> Fletcher, as well as his mother, and first publisher Virginia Woolf - will
>> also be explored in the book.
>> >
>> > The book was acquired by Virago chair Lennie Goodings in the UK, where
>> the deal was done by Isobel Dixon of Blake Friedmann and by Norton in the
>> US in a deal arranged by Georges Borchardt.
>> >
>> > Publication will be in 2022, the centenary of The Waste Land (Faber).
>> >
>> > Acknowledging Gordon's 40 years experience of writing about Eliot,
>> Goodings commented: "This is the book Lyndall Gordon was born to write; it
>> draws on all her intuitive understanding of this mysterious poet. We are
>> thrilled."
>> >
>> >
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