When The Letters of T. S. Eliot. Volume 1: 18981922 was first published 23 years after the poet's death and on the anniversary of his birth, there were some 600 letters, 545 written by Eliot and 38 by his first wife, Vivienne Haigh-Wood.
In a remarkably candid letter to John Miiddleton Murray in mid-April 1925, T. S. Eliot confessed, "In the last ten years ...
One year after his private baptism in a small, unremarkable Oxfordshire church, T. S. Eliot very publicly announced his conversion in his preface to the slim volume For Lancelot Andrewes.
Four appendices follow the main body of the book; the first two provide background on Spurr's sources and the last two are topical treatments of "T. S. Eliot and C.
In the final appendix, which is primarily a refutation of Anthony Julius' claim that "T. S. Eliot was an extraordinary anti-Semite," Spurr unfortunately engages Julius on the level emotional outrage.