|Title:||Painted Shadow: The Life of Vivienne Eliot, First Wife of T. S. Eliot|
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|Publisher:||Anchor (October 14, 2003)|
Carole Seymour-Jones was born in North Wales. Educated at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, and Sussex University, she became the acclaimed biographer of Beatrice Webb, Simone de Beauvoir and Vivienne Eliot, while her most recent book examined the life of Anglo-French SOE agent Pearl Witherington. She cited fellow biographers Richard Holmes and Hermione Lee, plus historian Antony Beevor, among her influe Carole Seymour-Jones was born in North Wales
On first acquaintance it seemed to Eliot that Vivienne came from a social background equivalent to his own in New England, although to an English aristocrat such as Bertrand Russell, Vivienne, only two generations away from her roots in trade, seemed 'a little vulgar'. In Eliot's opinion, Russell undermined his wife's mental health: 'He has done evil,' he wrote to Ottoline Morrell, Russell's former mistress. It became common literary gossip, as Evelyn Waugh recorded in his diary on 21 July 1955, 'that Mrs T. S. Eliot's insanity sprang from her seduction and desertion by Bertrand Russell'. At this stage Eliot knew little of Russell's private life. It is of course possible that the relationship which developed between Vivienne and Bertie was as innocent as Eliot apparently assumed, or that Eliot was a cuckold.
By the time Vivienne Eliot was committed to an asylum for what would be the final nine years of her life, she had been abandoned by her husband . Eliot and shunned by literary London. Yet Vivienne was neither insane nor insignificant. Her distinctive voice can be heard in his poetry. And paradoxically, it was the unhappiness of the Eliots’ marriage that inspired some of the poet’s most distinguished work, from The Family Reunion to The Waste.
by Carole Seymour-Jones. Maurice Haigh-Wood, Vivienne Eliot's brother, shortly before his death. By the time she was committed to an asylum in 1938, five years after T. Eliot deserted her, Vivienne Eliot was a lonely, distraught figure. Shunned by literary London, she was the "neurotic" wife whom Eliot had left behind.
portrait of Vivienne is fair, sympathetic, and well-supported, making her a far more real and vivid figure than in most studies of Eliot. By the time Vivienne Eliot was committed to an asylum for what would be the final nine years of her life, she had been abandoned by her husband . This book contains a lot of information about . Eliot and his first wife, but perhaps too much. 6 people found this helpful.
Carole Seymour-Jones’s biography of Eliot’s first wife adds further notes toward the definition of her mysterious spouse, and explores a fresh cache of bisexual Bloomsbury gossip that amplifies the portrait of him. Viv predeceased Tom by eighteen years, a creatively fallow period also covered by the book but in less detail. Painted Shadow has been denigrated as part of a campaign against Eliot, but the campaign it exposes is the one to ignore his first wife, presented here as his troublesome muse. The new book disagrees on several points with Lyndall Gordon’s semi-authorized life of the poet,1 in which Vivienne has only half the index space given to Emily Hale, Eliot’s Bostonian friend whose in-person connection with him was immeasurably less than that of the tenacious Englishwoman with whom he managed to live for most of the time between their.
The Life of Vivienne Eliot, First Wife of . Eliot, and the Long-Suppressed Truth About Her Influence on His Genius. by Carole Seymour-Jones. Though she relies on indirect evidence and more than a little speculation, and though she goes on much too long, Seymour-Jones makes her case.
The Life of Vivienne Eliot, First Wife. of T. Eliot, and the Long-Suppressed Truth About Her Influence. Seymour-Jones proposes that, until her book, there has been a conspiracy to obliterate, to stigmatize as insane, the woman with whom Eliot lived in marriage from 1915 until 1933, when, returning from a year of lecturing and teaching in America, he left her. The most absorbing pages of ''Painted Shadow'' trace the subsequent years, in which Vivienne tried to re-establish contact with her husband until her brother, Maurice Haigh-Wood, had her committed to an asylum in 1938. Seymour-Jones, whose previous books include a life of Beatrice Webb and a history of the World . does not have the literary equipment to write freshly about such matters. Her dealings with Eliot's poetry are almost always unfortunate.
Bantam, Doubleday, Dell (US) ISBN 0-385-49992-2). This outstanding biography is the first life of Vivienne Eliot. It places her at the centre of T. Eliot's life for almost two decades and is the first full-length portrait of the marriage and its influence on both his emotional state and his work. Carole Seymour-Jones believes that it cannot be understood without reference to his troubled marriage and her book opens the way to a new understanding of Eliot's poetry. In addition she shows, for the first time from Vivienne's point of view, how this spontaneous, loving, but fragile woman was trapped and ultimately destroyed by a disastrous marriage. Carole Seymour-Jones was born in Wales and educated at Oxford University.