Saturday, January 17, 2009

Book Review: The Archivist

TitleThe Archivist: A Novel
AuthorMartha Cooley
Tagsliterature, poetry, fiction, mental illness

The plot involves an archivist who is responsible for holdings that include works relating to T.S. Eliot, his wife, who died long before the main action of the book and whose story is told in flashbacks and journal entries, and a woman English student determined to get access to Eliot's letters. The story of Eliot and his wife Vivienne, who he had put away in a mental institution, parallels the story of the archivist and his wife. The wife's journal entries are rather heartbreaking, and in the end help drive an act by the archivist that will change history forever.
PublicationBack Bay Books (1999), Paperback, 336 pages
Publication date1999
ISBN0316158461 / 9780316158466

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