Author of "A Poet's Girl," A Novel of Emily Hale and T.S. Eliot--and more

Author of "A Poet's Girl," A Novel of Emily Hale and T.S. Eliot--and more

Author of "A Poet's Girl," A Novel of Emily Hale and T.S. Eliot--and moreAuthor of "A Poet's Girl," A Novel of Emily Hale and T.S. Eliot--and moreAuthor of "A Poet's Girl," A Novel of Emily Hale and T.S. Eliot--and more

About "The Poet's Girl"

A Novel of Emily Hale and T. S. Eliot

 

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. Across two continents and over more than 40 years, Emily was a comforting force in the poet’s emotionally turbulent life, guarding their secrets in the hope that someday the two of them would marry. 


In the spirit of The Paris Wife and Loving Frank, The Poet’s Girl brings to life another little-known woman behind a famous man. The novel by award-winning writer Sara Fitzgerald arrives as Hale’s own gift to Eliot scholars—the more than 1,000 letters the poet wrote her over the course of their lifetimes—is opened after a 50-year embargo. The Poet’s Girl tells the story of a woman whose own story will never be fully known: the woman behind one of Eliot’s most treasured poems and a woman whose greatest act of love was to bury her side of their story. 

Emily Hale, subject of "The Poet's Girl"

Emily Hale, subject of "The Poet's Girl"

Critical Acclaim for "The Poet's Girl"

 

                  “In her well-written and memorable novel, Sara Fitzgerald has brought to life the ill-starred romance between T.S. Eliot and the talented actress Emily Hale. Narrated from Hale's first-person point of view, the book explores the faithful love and frustrations of a resilient woman constrained by the mores of her social set.”

                                                                                       --Meryl Gordon, best-selling author of

                                                             Bunny Mellon: The Life of an American Style Legend 


 

                   “In the spirit of The Paris Wife and Loving Frank, The Poet's Girl explores the rich, compelling life of Emily Hale, T.S. Eliot's earliest love and longtime confidante. This is a literary love story of the highest magnitude, and Sara Fitzgerald brings a journalist's keen insight into the back story of one of our most renowned poets--and the woman who stood by him. "

                                                                              --Susan Coll, best-selling author of Rockville Pike


 

               "Sara Fitzgerald has found a compelling and little-known story, and brought the relationship between Emily Hale and TS Eliot to vivid life. An enthralling novel about love, betrayal, and thwarted dreams."

                                                                      --Louisa Treger, best-selling author of the The Lodger

Emily Hale/Smith College Archives

Emily Hale/Smith College Archives

Links of Interest

Opening the Eliot Letters

Lyndall Gordon writes about the opening of the letters T.S. Eliot wrote Emily Hale
The Telegraph, October 11, 2019


The Eliot-Hale Letters at Princeton University Library

A May 2019 blog post by Princeton University Library about the Eliot-Hale letters

The International T.S. Eliot Society

A U.S.-based organization focused on the study of T.S. Eliot 

Poem: Self Portrait of Librarian With T.S. Eliot's Papers

Poem in New York Times magazine by Alison C. Rollins

The T.S. Eliot Society of the United Kingdom

A Britain-based organization focused on the study of T.S. Eliot

The T.S. Eliot Foundation

More resources, including letters that were not included in the volumes of Eliot's letters that have already been published