The New Yorker on Eliot House

In last week’s New Yorker Louis Menand wrote up his visit to Eliot House, destination of the Eliot family summers, purchased by the T. S. Eliot Foundation in 2015 and subsequently turned into a writers’ retreat. Read here for his thoughts on the house, and the Eliot Foundation’s programme more generally. READ

T. S. Eliot Festival 2017

Actor Jeremy Irons and novelist Ali Smith now head the line-up for this year’s T. S. Eliot Festival, to be held at Little Gidding on Sunday July 9th.

The Festival is held each year in the grounds of Little Gidding: a day of talks, readings and discussions, with the opportunity for visitors to see inside the church which inspired the last of Eliot’s Four Quartets. READ

2017 T. S. Eliot Prize judges announced

2017 T.S. Eliot PrizeThe T. S. Eliot Prize has announced the judges for the 2017 Prize for the best new poetry collection published in the year. W. N. Herbert will be Chair of the judging panel, alongside poets James Lasdun and Helen Mort.

The call for submissions has now gone out, with the submission window closing on 4 August. READ

The 1858 Charter Lecture: Professor Ronald Schuchard and Jeremy Irons

On 16 May 2017 the University of London is hosting a special event, to mark the centenary of T. S. Eliot’s association with the university.

Professor Ronald Schuchard will deliver the inaugural 1858 Charter Lecture, entitled ‘Eliot in the Wartime Classroom 1916–1919’, which will focus on Eliot’s early writing, much of which was shaped during his time as an extension tutor for the University of London. READ

Introducing Mrs Eliot…

In the spring of 1958 the (relatively) new Mr and Mrs Eliot travelled to America for a month so that T. S. Eliot could introduce his new wife, Valerie, to his family. They sailed from Southampton to New York aboard the Media before flying to Texas for lecture engagements and then on to Cambridge, via New York, to spend time with various members of the Eliot family. READ

T. S. Eliot at Lloyds Bank

One hundred years ago this month, on 19 March 1917, T. S. Eliot started working as a clerk in the Colonial & Foreign Department at Lloyds Bank. Eliot enjoyed eight years with the bank until the autumn of 1925 when he left to begin a new career as editor and director at the newly established publishing house of Faber & Gwyer. READ

T. S. Eliot’s Crossword Puzzles

 

Some of T. S. Eliot’s crossword puzzle books

‘The appeal to my vanity is as great as that of finding a reference to myself and my works in The Times crossword puzzle’ – T. S. Eliot in a letter to writer and publisher Sydney Castle Roberts, November 1958. READ

T. S. Eliot Memorial Lecture 2017

The 2017 T. S. Eliot Memorial Lecture will be given by Professor Marina Warner on Wednesday 15th March, titled as follows:

‘What place is this, what land, what quarter of the globe?’: The compass of story in dislocated times.

Against the background of the current refugee crisis, Professor Warner will look at migrating stories, from myths of Troy to Eliot’s uses of Christian legend, tracing the compass bearings they offer. READ