Person Female Born 17/8/1926 Died 10/11/2012
Second wife and widow of the poet T.S. Eliot. Born Esmé Valerie Fletcher. From the age of 14 she determined to meet Eliot and when she left school she told her headmistress tht she wanted to become Eliot's secretary. Married him in 1957. Every Sunday night he left a love letter by her bed. She was Eliot's most important editor and literary executor, and donated the annual £15,000 prize money for the T.S. Eliot Prize. Died at her London home. Telegraph obit.