Frances Dickey

Frances Dickey (Associate Professor of English at the University of Missouri, Columbia) coedited The Complete Prose of T. S. Eliot and The Edinburgh Companion to T. S. Eliot and the Arts, led the International T. S. Eliot Society from 2016-2018, and keeps the public updated on Eliot’s correspondence with Emily Hale through her Reports from the Emily Hale Archive. She is also the author of The Modern Portrait Poem from Dante Gabriel Rossetti to Ezra Pound and numerous articles including “T. S. Eliot and the Color Line of St. Louis,” forthcoming in Modernism/Modernity.




Give, Sympathize, Control: T. S. Eliot and Emily Hale

On January 2, 2020, T. S. Eliot announced from the grave that he and Emily Hale never had sex and that marrying her would have killed the poet in him.[1] At the New York Times, the arts and culture piece on Eliot scheduled for January 9 was bumped up to breaking news.[2] Always the canny publicist, Eliot controlled the narrative of the day on which his 1, 131 letters to Hale were opened to view at the Princeton Library.