How a Persistent Scholar Landed an Invitation to T.S. Eliot's Archive

Dustin Chambers for The Chronicle

Ronald Schuchard has pored over the Eliot archive since 2006 with the blessing of the poet’s widow, Valerie. 
The retired English professor at Emory U. shows up daily at the campus library to continue his research.
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The first letter was dated June 19, 1970. "Dear Mrs. Eliot," it began.

The recipient was Valerie Eliot, widow of T.S. Eliot. The writer was Ronald Schuchard, a young literature scholar. "I have been researching Mr. Eliot’s lesser known writings for...

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