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Unsealed Love Letters From T. S. Eliot Reveal The Missouri Poet's Secret Muse

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A digitized envelope addressed to Emily Hale at 41 Brimmer Street in Boston, Massachusetts, and handwritten by T.S. Eliot. Photo.
Ashley Gamarello
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Princeton University Library
More than 1,100 letters from T.S. Eliot to Emily Hale were first opened for research at the beginning of this year.

It was a St. Louis-born man who wrote what is considered one of the most important poems of the 20th century — T. S. Eliot. Now, a trove of letters is giving readers and researchers a new window into the life and times of the poet, essayist, playwright and critic.

Recently-unsealed letters from T. S. Eliot reveal much more about the poet than we knew before.

  • Frances Dickey, associate professor of American literature and director of Online Programs at the University of Missouri
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