The T.S. Eliot Collection includes revised copy of T. S. Eliot's Collected Poems, 1909-1935, with corrections and annotations in the author's hand, undertaken in preparation for a new edition. Also included is a typescript of section titled Occasional Verses, which was added to the original edition. These poems include "Defense of the islands," "A Note on War Poetry," "For the Indian Soldiers [sic] Who Died in Africa," "To Walter De La Mare", and "A Dedication to My Wife". Also typescript of author's notes to accompany the poems, and an autograph list of Eliot poems, possibly in preparation for a reading.
Also includes five letters from Eliot to Collin and Lillian Brooks; Collin Brooks, editor of conservative publication Truth, was a close friend and ideological bosom-buddy of Eliot. Also includes five letters and one telegram from Eliot’s wife, Valerie Eliot, to Collin and Lillian. The letters in total track the genesis of Eliot’s relationship with Valerie, and his emotional state at the time, in uncharacteristically expressive and candid fashion.
Through both Eliot and Valerie’s letters to Collin and Lillian, we see the slow build of Eliot and Valerie’s acquaintanceship. First, they are introduced by way of an inscribed book sent through Collin, then Collin recommends Valerie to the post of Eliot’s secretary at Faber, where their relationship flowered. Eliot regards the relevance of Collin and Valerie to his life in near-mystical terms, as he relates to Lillian after Collin’s death: “there was a destiny in our relations, active from the moment he told Valerie of the vacancy at Faber, and urged her to apply for it. And before that, when he got me to autograph my book for an unknown young lady.” Eliot’s unusually vulnerable reflections are a product of his tight association with Collin; he writes at one point of Valerie after they were recently joined, “I am radiantly happy and at the same time overawed by the thought of my new responsibility for another’s happiness.” Valerie’s letters also provide lesser-seen insights into Eliot’s unguarded persona, such as when she asks the Brooks to invite Eliot over in her absence as he, alone, “may give way to depression.”