Vivienne Haigh-Wood Eliot

Wife of T S Elliot Vivienne Haigh-Wood Eliot

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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28 May 1888
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No She Said No
NYTimes - about 14 years
LUCIA JOYCE To Dance in the Wake. By Carol Loeb Shloss. Illustrated. 560 pp. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux. $30. James Joyce said, in 1934: ''People talk of my influence on my daughter, but what about her influence on me?'' Or so the Joyce biographer Richard Ellmann was told, 20 years afterward, by Joyce's close friend Maria Jolas. At around
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The Hollow Man and His Wife
NYTimes - almost 16 years
PAINTED SHADOW The Life of Vivienne Eliot, First Wife of T. S. Eliot, and the Long-Suppressed Truth About Her Influence on His Genius. By Carole Seymour-Jones. Illustrated. 698 pp. New York: Nan A. Talese/Doubleday. $35. The subtitle of this biography proudly announces how Carole Seymour-Jones conceives of her endeavor. Its title and epigraph
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BROADWAY ; In swap by Papp, 2 plays for Public and 2 for London.
NYTimes - over 33 years
Last time around we got an array of female notables that included a ninth-century Pope Joan, Chaucer's Patient Griselda and Bruegel's Dull Gret. This time we'll be treated to the highly charged interrogation of an Irish Catholic terrorist and to the doomed marriage of T. S. Eliot and his first wife, who died in a mental asylum. Once again, Joseph
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NYTimes - almost 34 years
Michael Billington writes frequently about theater in London. A first-class literary row has erupted around a new play dealing with the poet T. S. Eliot's unhappy first marriage to Vivienne Haigh Wood. The play, ''Tom and Viv'' by the 45-year-old Michael Hastings, is currently packing London's Royal Court Theater and is a part-factual,
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  • 1947
    Age 58
    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.
  • 1938
    Age 49
    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.
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  • 1935
    Age 46
    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.
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  • 1933
    Age 44
    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.
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  • 1915
    Age 26
    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.
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  • 1914
    Age 25
    Haigh-Wood met Tom Eliot in or around March 1914 at a dance in London, where he took tea with her and a friend.
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    She became engaged to a schoolteacher, Charles Buckle, in 1914, but Buckle's mother was apparently unhappy about it.
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  • 1896
    Age 7
    Haigh-Wood's brother, Maurice, was born there in 1896; he went on to train at Sandhurst and fought during the First World War.
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  • 1888
    Born on May 28, 1888.
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