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T.S. Eliot’s letters to be sold

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Nearly 50 typed letters, some illustrated and including poems, from T.S. Eliot (1888-1965) to his first godson, Tom Faber, are to be sold by the Faber publishing family on Sept. 20 at auction at Bonhams in London.

Thomas Erle Faber (1927-2004), who became a physicist and a member of the board of Faber & Faber, was the son of Eliot's friend and publisher, Geoffrey Faber. Private and largely unpublished, these letters, with an estimated price of $44,840 to $53,808, are to be sold, along with 84 other letters to Eliot's friend Enid Faber, the wife of Geoffrey; inscribed first editions of Eliot's work; and a silver pocket watch, given to Eliot, then 12, for Christmas 1900 and passed on to Tom Faber at age 13.