May: “Between melting and freezing…”

Events this month leads with the announcement of the line-up for this year’s TS Eliot Festival at Little Gidding. For the first time this year there is a dedicated Festival page on the website, which will be updated with times, booking details and more information as it is released. In the meantime, you can read the confirmed list of speakers and events, and make a date in your diary for the weekend of 9th and 10th July.

Other Events announced this month include a lecture in London on 24th May on TS Eliot’s Four Quartets as a Pattern for Christian Living; and lectures, discussions and a workshop in Warwick, all related to the forthcoming Turner Contemporary exhibition on The Waste Land.

News includes the release of a recording of Vivienne, the song-cycle which some members will have heard at the 2014 Festival, based on Vivienne Haigh-Wood and her marriage to Eliot. There is a publication of Eliot’s poetry translated into Persian; and the latest Modernism catalogue of rare books from Blackwell’s, including some intriguing Eliot items. And another rare Eliot book which appeared this month is on the First Editions page – an image of the cover of Poems, the 1919 Hogarth Press edition, of which there were fewer than 250 hand-printed copies.

Under Lectures/Articles/Programmes, there is a new link to Questia, an online library, aimed at students, which charges for access, but lists over 10,000 books, academic journal, magazine and newspaper articles on TS Eliot. Our link takes you to the Eliot listings themselves, which are a useful (and free) resource.

Eliot’s two essays on Milton, of 1936 and 1960, have been added to the Works page, as an American university has conveniently posted the two together. (The first, of course, begins with Eliot’s notorious statement that “While it must be admitted that Milton is a very great poet indeed, it is something of a puzzle to decide in what his greatness consists.”)

And finally, an update concerning the website itself, which is to be archived at the Bodleian Library, Oxford. The Bodleian has informed us that the site “has been selected by our curators as being of lasting research value and worthy of permanent preservation in the Web Archive of the Bodleian Libraries.” It will be available to researchers through the Bodleian Libraries Web Archive, where it will be updated regularly.

We’re delighted that the content of our site, which tries to provide Eliot resources to all enthusiasts, has received this acknowledgment – and hope you continue to benefit from it yourself.

Fare forward!

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