Assembled by Eliot's widow, letters from his childhood days in Missouri through the early years of his marriage and move to England include those penned by Eliot, as well as letters written to him by family, friends, and contemporaries. Volume 1 includes all the significant letters Eliot wrote up to age 34 as well as many letters written to him by his family, friends, and contemporaries. Here are insights into his struggle to earn a living, to care for a wife who was frequently ill, edit a magazine, and become known as a critic and poet. The social and intellectual milieu before and after World War I emerges in brilliants views. Much has been written about Eliot's work and comparatively little about his life. Such was his determination to maintain his privacy that commentators, however diligent, have been largely restricted to speculation. Now, with the publication of The Letters Of T. S. Eliot, we will have a self-portrait, a form of autobiography..