Vivienne Haigh-Wood Eliot

Vivienne Haigh-Wood Eliot

Wife of T S Elliot
Born May 28, 1888

Vivienne Haigh-Wood Eliot was an English governess and writer who became the first wife of the American poet, T. S. Eliot (1888–1965). Her legacy, and the extent to which she influenced Eliot's work, has been the subject of much debate.

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  • No She Said No
    NYTimes - Dec 28, 2003
  • The Hollow Man And His Wife
    NYTimes - Apr 21, 2002
  • Broadway ; In Swap By Papp, 2 Plays For Public And 2 For London.
    NYTimes - Nov 16, 1984
  • Theater In London; T. S. Eliot Becomes A Figure Of Controversy
    NYTimes - Mar 11, 1984


Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Vivienne Haigh-Wood Eliot.


1888 Birth Born on May 28, 1888.
1896 8 Years Old Haigh-Wood's brother, Maurice, was born there in 1896; he went on to train at Sandhurst and fought during the First World War. … Read More


1914 26 Years Old 1 More Event
…  She became engaged to a schoolteacher, Charles Buckle, in 1914, but Buckle's mother was apparently unhappy about it. … Read More
1915 27 Years Old The couple were married after three months, on 26 June 1915, at Hampstead Register Office in London, with Lucy Ely Thayer (Scofield's sister) and Haigh-Wood's aunt, Lillia C. Symes, as witnesses. … Read More


1933 45 Years Old Eliot arranged for a formal separation in February 1933 and thereafter shunned Haigh-Wood entirely, hiding from her and instructing his friends not to tell her where he was. … Read More
1935 47 Years Old The last time she saw him was on 18 November 1935 at a Sunday Times Book Fair in Regent Street, London, where he was giving a talk. … Read More


1938 50 Years Old …  Her brother had her committed to an asylum in 1938, after she was found wandering the streets of London at five o'clock in the morning, apparently asking whether Eliot had been beheaded. … Read More
1947 59 Years Old …  They remained married until her death in 1947, but Haigh-Wood's poor physical and mental health, and Eliot's apparent intolerance of it, produced a stormy relationship, made worse by her apparently having an affair with the philosopher Bertrand Russell.
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