Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Parsons mss., 1928-1935, consist of letters written by poet Thomas Stearns Eliot, 1888-1965, to Ian Macnaghten Parsons, 1906-1980, publisher.

The letters begin when Parsons joined Chatto & Windus as an editor in October 1928 and the first two items involve getting together for lunch. In the remaining letters Eliot alternates roles between that of editor of The Criterion, soliciting articles and reviews from Parsons, and that of book editor at Faber & Faber, in which he discusses book publishing and his own role with Faber's. In the last letter he turns down a request by Parsons to write a preface for a Chatto book, but states that he "would gladly ... allow the use of some remark that I have made about Rosenberg in the past on the jacket of the book, ... or be glad to write a new little blurb for the purpose."

Collection size: 7 items

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