Vivienne Haigh-Wood
Vivienne Haigh-Wood Eliot (28 May 1888 – 22 January 1947) was an English governess and writer who became the first wife of the American poet, T. S. Eliot (1888–1965). She is also known by the name she preferred to call herself, Vivien. Her legacy, and the extent to which she influenced Eliot's work, has been the subject of much debate. She has been seen variously as a neurotic femme fatale who enticed the patrician Eliot into an inappropriate and disastrous marriage, or as his muse, without whom some of his most important work would never have appeared. His second wife claimed the copyright of Vivienne's writings in 1984, including her private diaries, which has complicated the research into her role in Eliot's life.
They met in Oxford in March 1915, while he was studying philosophy at Merton College and she was working as a governess in Cambridge; they were married in Hampstead Register Office three months later. They remained married until her death in 1947, but Vivienne's poor physical and mental health, and Eliot's apparent intolerance of it, produced a stormy relationship, made worse by Vivienne apparently having an affair with the philosopher Bertrand Russell. Eliot arranged for a formal separation in February 1933, and shunned her entirely, hiding from her and instructing his friends not to tell her where he was.
Her brother, Maurice, had her committed to an asylum in 1938, after she was found wandering the streets of London at five o'clock in the morning, apparently asking whether Eliot had been beheaded. Apart from one escape attempt, she remained there until she died nine years later at the age of 58—ostensibly of a heart attack, though there is a suspicion that she took an overdose—the year before Eliot won the Nobel Prize for Literature.Carole Seymour-Jones writes that it was out of the turmoil of the marriage that Eliot produced The Waste Land, one of the 20th century's finest poems. In one passage in particular, Eliot is believed to be reflecting Vivienne and her state of mind:
"My nerves are bad to-night. Yes, bad. Stay with me
"Speak to me. Why do you never speak. Speak
"What are you thinking of? What thinking? What?
"I never know what you are thinking. Think."
Eliot's sister-in-law, Theresa, said of the relationship: "Vivienne ruined Tom as a man, but she made him as a poet."

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Sep 30, 2002 ... Eliot was twenty-six and, almost certainly, a frustrated virgin when, in 1915, he married Vivienne Haigh-Wood, an Englishwoman he had known ...
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Vivienne Haigh-Wood Eliot (28 May 1888 – 22 January 1947) was an English governess and writer who became the first wife of the American poet, T. S. Eliot ...
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Oct 13, 2001 ... Tom Eliot cut an impressive figure when he arrived in England. To Vivienne Haigh-Wood, meeting him for the first time in March 1915, ...
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Not crazy after all these years | General | Times Higher Education
When Vivienne's brother Maurice Haigh-Wood, who had colluded in her committal, visited her, he burst into tears. "It was only when I saw Vivie in the asylum for ...
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'That' is the photostat of a letter written to Tom by Vivienne's brother, Maurice Haigh- Wood, on 14 July 1938. It seems to blow Tom & Viv out of the water.
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Apr 21, 2002 ... PAINTED SHADOW The Life of Vivienne Eliot, First Wife of T. S. Eliot, ... There is no doubt that when Vivienne Haigh-Wood (she later spelled it ...
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Nov 5, 2009 ... It was a young and tragic marriage. T.S. Eliot's first wife Vivien Haigh-Wood suffered from a severe hormonal illness that required constant ...
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October 1992, Vol 10 - Anesthesia History Association
Wood Eliot, had on T.S. Inasmuch as her potential addiction pertains to ethyl ether and ... There seems little doubt that Vivienne Haigh—Wood Eliot was a sick.
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Other names, Vivienne or Vivien Haigh, Haigh-Wood, Eliot, and Haigh Eliot; ... Vivienne Haigh-Wood Eliot (28 May 1888 – 22 January 1947) was an ..... [2]; ^ A brief history of the University, University of Oxford, accessed 10 November 2009.
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He then joined the staff of The Advocate, the university's literary journal, ... Eliot and his first wife, Vivien Haigh-Wood, had been "sexually incompatible" from the  ...
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Why did T. S. Eliot have wife Vivienne committed? ... When Vivienne's brother Maurice Haigh-Wood, who had colluded in her committal, visited .... visiting fellowship by the University of Texas at Austin in 1999-2000 to research Vivienne Eliot's ...
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Oct 13, 2001 ... To Vivienne Haigh-Wood, meeting him for the first time in March 1915, ..... An invitation arrived from Harvard University to deliver the Charles ...
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A Woman Suffering: Vivienne Haigh-Wood the Opera ... three months and Vivienne became sucked into his world of university types and the Bloomsbury group.
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Tom Eliot and Vivien Haigh- Wood met at Oxford in 1915, both aged 26. ... at Harvard University; he returned in 1933 when Haigh-Wood was told by his solicitors ...
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Wood Eliot, had on T.S. Inasmuch as her potential addiction pertains to ethyl ether and ... There seems little doubt that Vivienne Haigh—Wood Eliot was a sick.
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Apr 1, 2002 ... Maurice Haigh-Wood, Vivienne Eliot's brother. By the time ... Using papers both privately owned and in university library archives, many hitherto ...
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sudden civil ceremony on 26 June 1915, Eliot married Vivienne Haigh-Wood in Hampstead, a marriage "encouraged" (Valerie Eliot indicates5) by Ezra Pound. We may assume that this marriage took place after Eliot learned of Verdenal's ...
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In 1915, he decided to move to London; in the same year, he met and married (in rapid succession) Vivienne Haigh-Wood; in the month they were married, Poetry published "Prufrock." Thanks to "Prufrock," Eliot entered the avant-garde with a ...
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THE T S ELIOT mythology is based on his career as a City banker, his famous literary friends, his three-piece suits and his poems Prufrock, The Waste Land and Four Quartets. But the outwardly respectable man concealed a darker side. Little is heard about the way his first wife was confined against her will to a mental asylum, where she died in 1947.
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