Vivien Eliot’s literary notoriety rests primarily upon her contested role as the dark muse who inspired The Waste Land, written by her husband, T.S. Eliot. Whether or not their troubled marriage contributed significantly to the despair so vividly evoked in that profoundly influential Modernist poem, she was a powerful emotional and material force in his early career, as well as an aspiring Modernist writer in her own right. Her fierce advocacy of her husband’s literary talents – coupled with her practical services as first reader, typist, and collaborator – helped launch and sustain his career as a poet, editor, and critic, most notably through her involvement with the literary magazine he originated and edited, The …

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Citation: Johnson, Melissa. "Vivien Eliot". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 26 August 2010 [, accessed 25 September 2023.]

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