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TS Eliot’s restless ghost finds home in seaside idyll

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Fifty years after poet’s death, his family’s summer retreat is to be turned into a fitting monument to his life and works

Last September, listeners to National Public Radio, the US equivalent of Radio 4, heard an elderly New England widow, Dana Hawkes, describe how, at home in New Hampshire, her late husband would sometimes say “he used to see TS Eliot’s ghost.”

There is something apt in this claim. The author of Four Quartets and Murder in the Cathedral, who was born in St Louis on 26 September 1888, but lived and died in London, has always projected a rather spectral persona.

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