Finding-aid for the Thomas Stearns Eliot Collection (VMF047)


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Collection Outline

Descriptive Summary

Scope and Contents Note

Restrictions

Administrative Information


Collection Outline

Autograph lists [two] of Eliot poems, some with page numbers(?) indicated. n.d.

Publications list of Eliot's complete works. 1963: Jan. 3.

Author's notes. n.d.

Defense of the islands. 1940: June 9.

A note on war poetry. 1942:

To the Indians who died in Africa. 1943.

To Walter De La Mare. 1948.

A dedication to my wife. n.d.

Collected Poems, [1963] 1909-1935, 1954,

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Eliot, Thomas Stearns, 1888-1965, American author. Manuscripts and editorial matter,
Dates: 1940-1963.
Identification: VMF047[Accession: 1204]

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Scope and Contents Note

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. Register to the collection on file describing the typescripts and Eliot's revisions for the Collected Poems. Typescript located in Miscellany; Collection housed in Special Collections.

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Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

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Administrative Information

Source

Purchase, 1970.

Processing Information

Processed: July, 1970, by HH

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3/EliotTS

Autograph lists [two] of Eliot poems, some with page numbers(?) indicated., n.d. (2 pp.)

One set numbered 1 - 7, some with two or more poems grouped under one number. Two poems crossed out, one with question mark. Unidentified initials [M.I.T.?] at head of list. At foot of sheet, upside down and crossed out reads `Poetry Center 25.11.61.' Verso. List in pencil; varies slightly from first list. Some titles unidentified. Heading reads [Boston Coll.?] Lists apparently not connected to book or other typescripts. Possibly prepared in preparation for a reading. Ink and pencil.

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3/EliotTS

Publications list of Eliot's complete works., 1963: Jan. 3. (Ts. 1 p.)

Ts. Heading notes Collected Poems, 1909 - 1962 [corrected in pencil from 1960] Upper left corner reads Mr. Bland. Ms. notation in right corner `As knowledge and experience' in Eliot's hand, and ms. paging note. Lower left corner reads, JL/ab. Unidentified printer's note. Ts., Ink, pencil.
[Does not correspond with published version]
The following is setting copy for Occasional Verses for the new edition of Collected Poems, 1909-1962. Textual comparison is with the American edition by Harcourt, Brace, 1963; the Faber and Faber first edition not available.

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3/EliotTS

Author's notes., n.d. (Ts., ts.[carbon]. 2 pp.)

To accompany Occasional Verses in the new edition, not including Dedication to my wife. States origin of poems; slight corrections in ink; pencil printer's marks. Note in Eliot's hand read `Each of the above notes to precede the verses attached' Carbon unmarked.

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3/EliotTS

Defense of the islands., 1940: June 9. (Ts., ts.[carbon]. 2 pp.)

One correction, line 22. Text corresponds. Written [in the author's hand] June 9th, 1940 in several places; all crossed out. T.S. Eliot also crossed out. Printer's marks. Carbon has no marks.

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3/EliotTS

A note on war poetry., 1942: (Ts, ts.[carbon]. 2 pp.)

Date crossed out. Copy marked #2. Printer's page mark. Carbon has no marks. Text corresponds.

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3/EliotTS

To the Indians who died in Africa., 1943. (Ts. 1 p.)

Date is erased. Copy is marked #3. Note, author's title is For the Indian soldiers who died in Africa. Printer's page mark. Author's notes uses published title. One substantive change, line 21.

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3/EliotTS

To Walter De La Mare., 1948. (Ts., ts.[carbon]. 2 pp.)

Date is erased. Copy is marked #4. Printer's page marks. Text corresponds. No corrections. Carbon has no marks.

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3/EliotTS

A dedication to my wife., n.d. (Ts., ts.[carbon]. 2 pp.)

Printer's page marks. Accidental correction, line 10. Text corresponds. Carbon has no marks.

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3/EliotTS

Collected Poems, by T.S. Eliot. London, Faber and Faber, fifteenth impression., [1963] 1909-1935, 1954,

Corrected and revised by the author, in preparation for new edition. Following is a notation of the changes. Textual comparisons refer to the American edition of Collected Poems, by Harcourt, Brace, 1963.
Front matter. Front fly-leaf reads `This copy to be used in preparing next edition. Return to T.S.E.' Publication list notes See new copy'...[] Title page with correction reads Collected Poems 1909 - 1962 by T.S. Eliot London Faber & Faber Limited, 24 Russell Square. Copyright and printing history is crossed out, which included written notice of Sixteenth impression MCMl[iv] Table of Contents notes `Reader to check the page numbers - will be 2 on [foot note?]' Ariel Poems - dates have been added after each title, and Cultivation of Christmas Trces - 1954 has been included in this section. Unfinished poems. Date 1931 has been added to Triumphal March. Minor Poems. Five finger exercises III changes title to Lines to a Duck in the Park. Choruses from `The Rock' adds date 1934. All of Four Quartets included, and Occasional Verses compose the final sections. Titles and dates written in.
Revisions occur on the following pages: 9, 11, 12, 13, 20, 21, 28, 37, 38, 41, 62, 63, 64, 68, 75, 79, 80, 83, 84, 100, 107, 129, 147, 152, 153 of which the following are substantive: 9, 28, 79, 80, 83, 84, 100. Notations occur on the following: 31, 114, 183. Page 183 notes `Here take in the Four Quartets (set from file copy herewith, and [] as [] dummy herewith)' Back fly-leaf notes `Take in Four Quartets on p. 195 followed by Occasional Verses' Paging is corrected, in anticipation of additions, beginning p. 114.

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