Mary and Mr Eliot


In 1938 T.S. Eliot struck up a friendship with Mary Trevelyan, a passionately curious woman and intrepid traveller. Their relationship was cosy and domestic – characterised by churchgoing, record-playing, day trips with Mary at the wheel or Eliot in his rolled shirt-sleeves cooking up sausages for dinner. Over the years, Mary came to believe that their friendship might lead to something more – but their journey together did not end as she would have hoped. Trevelyan left a unique document – of diaries, letters and pictures – charting their twenty-year-long relationship in her vivid prose. Erica Wagner has brought this untold story together for the first time. ‘Mary and Mr Eliot’ is a revelatory tale of joy, misunderstanding, and betrayal that feels utterly modern and deeply human.

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‘Completely fascinating, revelatory . . . A classic of its kind.’ WILLIAM BOYD
‘Compelling . . . compulsive.’ MARGARET DRABBLE, NEW STATESMAN

T.S. Eliot and Mary Trevelyan shared a close friendship – twenty-five years in each others’ company: playing records; going for drives with Mary at the wheel; sharing dinners Eliot cooked in his rolled-up shirtsleeves; and attending church together. While Mary hoped it might become something more, the poet’s heart was elsewhere. Using a collection of diaries, letters and pictures Mary left behind, Erica Wagner brings together this story of an unusual friendship in this intimate portrait of T.S. Eliot and Mary, a formidable woman thus far sidelined by literary history.

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Weight 0.266 kg
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 × 1.9 cm