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Thomas Stearns Eliot
1888 - 1965



T h e   A u t h o r

Thomas Stearns Eliot, poet, critic and dramatist was born in St. Louis, Missouri, of Unitarian parents in 1888. After gaining his MA at Harvard University he left America in 1914. He studied briefly in Germany and at the Sorbonne, and then settled in England. It was in London that Eliot came under the influence of his contemporary Ezra Pound, who encouraged him to publish his poems. «The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock» appeared in 1915. This poem established him as a leading poet of the avant-garde. «The Waste Land» published in 1922, is considered to be the most influential poetic work of the English literature in the twentieth century. In 1927, he converted to Anglo-Catholicism and became a British citizen. In 1928 he described himself as «classical in literature, royalist in politics, and Anglo-Catholic in religion». In 1948 Eliot recieved the Nobel Prize for Literature. He died in London in 1965.

W o r k s

The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock (1915)
Prufrock and Other Observations (1917)
Poems (1920)
The Sacred Wood (1920)
     The Possibility of a Poetic Drama (1920)
The Second-Order Mind (1920)
The Waste Land (1922)
The Hollow Men (1925)
The Murder in the Cathedral (1935)
Four Quartets (1935-42)
Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats (1939)
The Cocktail Party (1949/50)

A p p e n d i x

What the Thunder Said
Poetry & Prose, 1917-1920 (Bartleby)
Arwin van Arum's Eliot page
T. S. Eliot on the Web
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