The Pope of Russell Square

The Pope of Russell Square

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The missing link in academic and popular understanding of T.S. Eliot, Mary Trevelyan's account of her twenty year relationship with the seminal poet of Modernism has finally been published. Two failed marriage proposals punctuate the countless meetings and correspondence, intellectual and spiritual exchange and quotidian intimacy between Eliot and his closest female friend. The Pope of Russell Square is her memoir, based on the diary that she kept at the time. In his introduction, Dr Ian Smith describes the relationship that was never scandalous, but 'intense, complex and sexually charged'. The story of events itself as Trevelyan relates it has been greatly fleshed out by the research of Dr Smith, whose substantial footnotes accompany the text. With the single exception of Eliot's own letters (still largely unpublished), it is arguably the most substantial single documentary resource available for the study of Eliot's life and more

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  • Hardback
  • 138 x 214mm | 505g
  • Enitharmon Press
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 1904634478
  • 9781904634478
  • 2,581,199

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Mary Trevelyan (1881-1966) was heavily involved in charitable works and an influential commentator on British culture and society, perhaps best known for single-mindedly bringing about the establishment of International Students House in Regent's Park, London, the charity for which she was Warden for much of her working life. The eldest in a family of famous intellectuals, her sister was a world-reknowned particle physicist, one brother ambassador to Egypt during the Suez crisis and another the British Film Censor. Trevelyan also spent the last years of the Second World War within shelling distance of the frontline, organising supply and hoptial arrangements as the allies slowly progressed towards more