Second Marriage

Remarriage: Second time lucky?

Esme Valerie Fletcher was Eliot’s secretary at Faber and Faber and Eliot and her, knew each other for some time. T.S Eliot married her, when she was 32 and he himself was 68.

The wedding was a small event, with no one attending except, Esme’s parents. Their marriage was held as a secret and hence no one came to their wedding. They had chosen to get married at 6.15 in the morning in a church and they lived together happily, till Eliot passed away, when he was 76. Eliot’s wife had been dedicating her life to look after his work and keep up his legacy.

She had edited and annotated some of Eliot’s works, namely The Letters of T.S. Eliot and a part of the draft of The Waste Land.

Unlike the first marriage, which ended in a complete disaster, with Vivienne ending up in an asylum and Eliot becoming depressed enough to write his greatest work, The Waste Land, the second marriage was a peaceful and happy one for Mr. Eliot and Esme Valerie Eliot and the smoothness in their relationship, was because of their understanding and knowledge of each one, before the marriage. They had known each other for a long time and Esme, despite being much younger than Eliot, did go on to marry him and she had dedicated her entire life for him. Their marriage had taken place on January 10, 1957.

Vivienne however spent her final days in the asylum, before developing a great anger for Mr. Eliot and even asking by passers, if he had been beheaded yet, one fine morning at five. She remained in the asylum and she died at the age of 58.

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