He was a graduate student at Harvard and she was an amateur actress when Tom Eliot first fell in love with Emily Hale. But that was before he set off for Oxford and published the poems that turned him into the international celebrity known as T.S. Eliot. This is the story of a relationship that endured over decades of separation and life changes.
Photos above show the letters during their processing by Princeton University Library archivists. Photos by Shelley Szwast and Ashley Gamarello, courtesy of Princeton University Library.
"The Poet's Girl" is a work of fiction, written before the correspondence between T.S. Eliot and Emily Hale was opened. Click here to find out more about what I have learned from reading the new materials.
These are blog posts that I wrote following the publication of my biography, Elly Peterson: "Mother" of the Moderates, in 2011. They include my reflections on women in politics and other topics that interest me.