The Letters of T. S. Eliot
Edited by Valerie Eliot and Hugh Haughton
Yale University Press
Volume 1 (1898–1922), $50, 912 pp.
Volume 2 (1923–1925), $50, 912 pp.
On New Year’s Eve 1925, the last day covered in the second and most recent volume of T. S. Eliot’s letters, the poet wrote to F. Scott Fitzgerald to thank him for the gift of The Great Gatsby. The novelist had written in the flyleaf, “For T. S. Elliot [sic] / Greatest of Living Poets / from his enthusiastic / worshipper / F. Scott Fitzgerald,” and the poet wrote back to say that he had read the novel three times and was convinced that it was “the first...
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Christopher J. Knight is a professor of English at the University of Montana. His most recent book is Omissions Are Not Accidents: Modern Apophaticism from Henry James to Jacques Derrida (University of Toronto Press, 2010).