June: “Summer surprised us…”

Once again, our Events are dominated by this year’s TS Eliot Festival, to be held at Little Gidding on 9th and 10th July. Tickets are now on sale, and are available online via links on the website. There is a code for Members’ ticket discounts, so after reading all of the details of the line-up and schedule on the dedicated Festival page, visit the Members Area for details of those discounts, which are not available to the public.

Most of the new items this month are on the News page. The British Library has put online a great deal of digitised material, including original letters, manuscripts and published articles both by and about Eliot. These include Eliot’s rejection of Animal Farm in a letter to George Orwell, which was picked up widely by the media. We have a link to their Eliot material.

A collection of avant-garde and modernist magazines from 1890-1939 have also been put online; these include Blast, which published two early Eliot poems with intriguing variations.

And so too have some fascinating letters between TS Eliot, Valerie and some of their friends. There are some particularly touching exchanges on the eve of their wedding in 1956.

Christopher Ricks is still being interviewed about the critical edition; we have an American interview in which he says that “At eighty-two and two-thirds, I know that I’ll undertake no Eliot enterprise on anything like the scale of the edition – though I do have in mind a more compact TSEry…”

And there’s the announcement of Religion and Myth in TS Eliot’s Poetry, a forthcoming volume of essays “considering the doctrinal, religious, humanist, mythic and secular aspects of Eliot’s poetry.”

So, plenty to keep you going, until we all meet at Little Gidding…

Fare Forward!



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