Painted Shadow: The Life of Vivienne Eliot, First Wife of T. S. Eliot

Painted Shadow The Life of Vivienne Eliot First Wife of T S 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 T S Eliot and shunned by literary London Yet Vivienne wa
  • Title: Painted Shadow: The Life of Vivienne Eliot, First Wife of T. S. Eliot
  • Author: Carole Seymour-Jones
  • ISBN: 9780385499934
  • Page: 152
  • Format: Paperback
  • Painted Shadow: The Life of Vivienne Eliot, First Wife of T. S. 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 T.S Eliot and shunned by literary London Yet Vivienne was neither insane nor insignificant She generously collaborated in her husband s literary efforts, taking dictation, editing his drafts, and writing articles for his magazinBy 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 T.S Eliot and shunned by literary London Yet Vivienne was neither insane nor insignificant She generously collaborated in her husband s literary efforts, taking dictation, editing his drafts, and writing articles for his magazine, Criterion 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The Family Reunion to The Waste Land This first biography ever written about Vivienne draws on hundreds of previously unpublished papers, journals and letters to portray a spontaneous, loving, but fragile woman who had an important influence on her husband s work, as well as a great poet whose behavior was hampered by psychological and sexual impulses he could not fully acknowledge Intriguing and provocative, Painted Shadow gracefully rescues Vivienne Eliot from undeserved obscurity, and is indispensable for anyone wishing to understand T.S Eliot, Vivienne, or the world in which they traveled.
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  • Carole Seymour-Jones

    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 influences A teacher of creative non fiction, memoir and biography, Carole was a Visiting Fellow at the University of Surrey, a regular broadcaster, and judge of the Biographers Club Tony Lothian Prize Her biography Painted Shadow The Life of Vivienne Eliot was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize She was the chair of the Writers in Prison Committee of English PEN, and co editor of Another Sky Voices of Conscience from Around the World , a collection of pieces by writers imprisoned for expressing their views.

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  • I don t know what people expect to find when they come across this work and decide to be interested in it It s not triumphant It s not original You ll start in a suppressed and uncomfortable place and end in one differently suppressed and finally uncomfortable with all the White Women Problems as exemplified by Rhys and Plath and the ignorance of Jane Eyre Sure, the gory details of a bildungsroman that happened to burgeon into the Bloomsbury group with its fascists and its anti Semitics and its [...]


  • I used to want to be reincarnated as part of the Bloomsbury Group I ve read a lot of books by and about them They seemed such a free and fascinating lot If half of what Painted Shadow says is true, I am forever disabused of that idea Nasty, back biting crew.There are some writers who cannot bear to omit a single bit of the research they ve done Seymour Jones appears to be one of these I learned way than I wanted to know about everyone and everything surrounding Vivienne Eliot Sometimes I wonder [...]


  • Once again, for me, reading an in depth biography blows all the bloom off the rose It turns out that T.S Eliot, famous poet and prize winner, was a cad an egotistical, vain, manipulative, Janus faced cad Of course, back then one had to hide or fight against one s homosexuality, and no doubt this was often done by marriage, either to conceal one s inclinations from society, or perhaps even, from one s own self Tom Eliot was not honest with himself or poor Vivienne, and British society discouraged [...]


  • This book is a biography of T S Eliot ,Ezra Pound and the Bloomsbury group rather than Vivenne Haigh Wood.I wished I knew about Vivienne but it seems she is still condemned to stay a shadow and Eliot the dominating figure.However it is a sad account,though very long and too much detailed,of how T.S Eliot,an American,who once in England wants to stay there and be a successful literary figure I came to persuade myself that I was in love with her simply because I wanted to burn my boats and commit [...]


  • This very frank biography of Vivienne Eliot is an eye opener I read this in London while there on a study abroad session It made me question everything I thought I knew about TS Eliot and Ezra Pound It is also a very poignant picture of what women of Vivienne s day suffered in silence often in terms of how their mental health was wrongly described by the men around them.


  • I have a thing about T S Eliot, I admit I got a kick out of reading the source of a lot of his poetry whole phrases lifted out of other people s speech I enjoyed the gossip as well about the Bloomsbury group They were awfully busy, old fellow, mostly screwing each other.


  • If I were an aficionado of dead British and American literati, I would have given this book 5 stars Because in that case, I would have licked up all the immensely detailed descriptions of the famous poets and writers from Virgina Woolf to Ezra Pound.But I really wanted to know about Vivienne Eliot, the first wife of American British poet T.S Eliot She deserves being written about, as this intriguing and talented woman was locked away in a psychiatric clinic by her husband they never divorced an [...]


  • I really hate not finishing books that I start, but to be honest, I m about 65 pages in and probably won t finish I started regretting the purchase about 12 pages in, and it has failed to convince me otherwise As other critics have noted, Painted Shadow seems a fair description of Seymour Jones treatment of the subject Poorly organized and with no coherent line of argument, the episodes she imagines contain little relevant support from her research in fact, her claims often remain unsubstantiate [...]




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