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In this year’s annual London Library Lecture, which is being hosted by the Hay Festival, Professor Robert Crawford, biographer of the young TS Eliot, discusses Eliot’s relationship with The London Library, as one of its former Presidents, and the relationship between poets and libraries in the wider context. The event – TS Eliot, Poets & Libraries - opens with a reading of Eliot’s poems by actress Miranda Richardson.



Jenny Uglow

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