T S Eliot
Genuine poetry can communicate
before it is understood.--
T S Eliot
Nobel Prize in Literature-1948
Born: 26/09/1888 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Died: 04/01/1965 in London, England of
emphysema which is a type of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Citizen: By birth American, became a
naturalized British Citizen in 1914
Thomas Stearns Eliot
was born in a middle class family and was last of the six surviving
children of his parents. His father was a well to do businessman and
had interest in Poetry. The senior Eliot particularly admired Ralph
Waldo Emerson. T S Eliot's mother used to occasionally write poems.
During school days, Eliot had great passion for reading poems and
stories. Due to sickness, he could not participate in outdoor
activities like other children of his age and in the forced isolation,
his love for literature grew.
Eliot after completing his BA and MA degree in
Harvard, went to Sorbonne, France and did further studies for a year.
During the period, The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock was
penned. In 1911, he returned back to Harvard to pursue course in
Philosophy and did his Doctorate. Having spent nearly 3 years in
Harvard again, he came to England in 1914. It was in England, that he
first met Ezra Pound. For some time, he worked as a clerk in Lloyd's
Bank. Here, he started writing The Waste Land. In 1921, Eliot
finished the script and showed it to Ezra Pound. Ezra Pound was
instrumental in promoting Eliot. In 1922, The Waste Land
was published. Subsequently, Eliot had several books published. But
The Waste Land still stands out in content and sharpness of tone.
Landmarks: was a heavy
smoker. suffered from tachycardia /bronchitis. produced a small amount
of poetry looking to his stature. Eliot wrote most of his poems when
he was only 22.
Fletcher, whom Eliot married in 1957, had presented Royal Society of
Literature, London, a fountain pen used by Eliot( which was
given to Eliot as a school boy by his mother) and the same was
formally inducted into the society by noted writer James Wood on
18/03/2013 in a glittering ceremony. Wood flew from USA for the
Notable Works: Gerontion
(1920) , The Waste Land
(1922), The Hollow Men
(1925), Ash Wednesday
(1930), Four Quartets
(1945), The Love Song of J Alfred
The Rock:A Pageant Play(1934)Murder in the Cathedral(1935)
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