During the crucial years covered by Volume III, Eliot set a new course for his life and work: he was received into the Church of England and naturalized as a British citizen; and there was a new manner and vision in his poetry, with the first of the Ariel poems, 'Journey of the Magi' in 1927.
This first volume of the Letters originally appeared in 1988 and is republished in this revised edition with approximately 200 new items. It covers the years from the poet's childhood in St Louis, Missouri to 1922, by which time he had settled in England and published The Waste Land.
The prolific and varied correspondence in this second volume reflects Eliot's profoundly influential work as editor of the Criterion and cultural commentator. It demonstrates not only the emerging continuities between his thinking as poet and essayist, but also their relation to his friendships and personal circumstances.