Miscellany

A collection of fragments, of interest to TS Eliot enthusiasts

Eliot’s Preoccupations, “A unique window onto Eliot’s concerns and enthusiasms, from America and Culture to Religion and Rhyme.”

The story of Homage to TS Eliot, staged at The Globe for The London Library after his death. (An audio recording of Groucho Marx’s contribution to this evening, mistakenly described as at Eliot’s funeral, can be heard here on YouTube.)

TS Eliot in the theatre – the recollections of his Director, E Martin Browne

The notebook manuscript of Fourth Caprice in Montparnasse in Eliot’s hand.

Virginia (1959), in Eliot’s hand

Eliot’s 1918 registration card

The marriage certificate of TS Eliot, “Of No Occupation” and Vivienne Haigh-Wood, 26th June 1915

Eliot’s resignation statement as Editor of The Criterion, issue 18, January 1939

A letter in The Times recalls what Valerie Eliot described as TS Eliot’s favourite anecdote

TS Eliot’s Table Talk – including what is said to be his favourite quotation…

The Waste Land – Five Limericks – by Wendy Cope

Chard Whitlow, a parody of Eliot by Henry Reed

A parody of The Waste Land by James Joyce

A parody of The Waste Land by HP Lovecraft

TS Eliot and cheese – an extraordinary reminiscence of Eliot at the Garrick by Hugh Kenner

A pilgrimage to The Dry Salvages, Boston

A visit to St Michael’s, East Coker

A pilgrimage to Margate Sands

TS Eliot’s advice to a young writer

TS Eliot’s birthplace plaque, in the pavement of St Louis (the location is now, it seems, a car park)

TS Eliot’s life in Crawford Mansions, Marylebone

TS Eliot’s blue English Heritage plaque, at his former home in Kensington

TS Eliot’s Faber & Faber office plaque, Bloomsbury

TS Eliot’s blue plaque at Nayland Rock shelter, Margate

TS Eliot’s membership application to The London Library

Richard Burton & Elizabeth Taylor perform T. S. Eliot’s Portrait Of A Lady – An extraordinary recording: Introduced by Philip Burton – New York 22 June 1964. (after the introduction, and a rather amusing false start, the full performance begins at 1.54)

TS Eliot’s drawings

“Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal” – an investigation into one of Eliot’s most oft-quoted statements

Allen Ginsberg on The Waste Land, and its connections with Apollinaire – with an image of Ginsberg’s annotated copy

Eliot’s first magazine – his Fireside, created when age 10

How Eliot used the Oxford English Dictionary – and how the Oxford English Dictionary used Eliot

An advertisement for Prufrock-Litton, the furniture store whose name may have inspired Eliot

Manuscript draft of part of Little Gidding, Section II

An autographed quotation from Little Gidding, written on a Faber & Faber correspondence card

An autographed quotation from Little Gidding, dated 17 iii 45

TS Eliot’s fountain pen, held by the Royal Society of Literature, and available for newly elected Fellows to sign into the Society; the Waterman’s pen bears Eliot’s initials.

TS Eliot’s Panama hat, “quaintly emblematic of an earlier age”

The bookplate designed for TS & Valerie Eliot by David Jones

A Christmas card, sent by TS Eliot to Lawrence Durrell in 1945, the first year of peace

An envelope addressed in rhyme by TS Eliot

The description of Cat Morgan by TS Eliot, as it first appeared in Faber Book News

Practical Cats, illustrated by Andy Warhol – the story and images as they appeared in Sports Illustrated (!) in January 1957.

The original sales ledger for copies of the first edition of Prufrock (PDF download)

The Order of Service for TS Eliot’s interment at East Coker (PDF download)

TS Eliot in the 1910 Class Album at Harvard

Admission tickets for TS Eliot and his father Henry Ware Eliot to the 1904 St Louis World’s Fair, formally titled the Louisiana Purchase Exposition Company.

 

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