Letters by TS Eliot

TS Eliot’s complete correspondence is in the process of publication, with eight volumes covering the years up to 1938 published to date. The volumes can be seen here.

Letters omitted from the published volumes can be read online here.

Letters and book reports by TS Eliot can be seen in the Faber archive.

TS Eliot’s London Letters to The Dial (In 1921 and 1922 T.S. Eliot was the London correspondent to The Dial magazine published in New York.  In all, The Dial published eight letters written by Eliot about the cultural scene in England.)

Letters from Margate and from London, by both TS and Vivienne Eliot, relating to The Waste Land, can be seen on the British Library website.

reproduction of a 1924 letter from Eliot to Virginia Woolf

A recently resurfaced letter from Eliot at Faber in 1957, unusually signed ‘Tom Eliot’

An article in Intelligent Life explores the “unexpected alliance” between TS Eliot and Groucho Marx, and the correspondence between them – and a New Yorker article explores their relationship further. (See also our Events page, June 2014, for a BBC radio programme relating to Marx and Eliot.)

An entertaining spoof of Eliot’s correspondence by John Crace

(Some letters illustrated with Eliot’s drawings can be seen via the Miscellany page)

The Emily Hale Letters

In 1956, Emily Hale donated 1,131 letters from TS Eliot to Princeton, along with related printed items and enclosures. Her deed of gift stipulates that the letters be kept “completely closed to all readers until the lapse of fifty years after the death of Mr. Eliot or myself, whichever shall occur later. At that time the files may be made available for study by properly qualified scholars in accordance with the regulations of the Library for the use of manuscript materials. To carry out this intention the Library is to keep the collection in sealed containers in its manuscript vaults.” Their official opening is on 2 January 2020.

Details of the collection, its history and access are here. A more recent article by Princeton, which suggests that “digital surrogates” may be made available after opening, is here.

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