T.S. Eliot Biography


Type: Poet, dramatist, literary critic, editor

Born: 26 September 1888

Died: 4 January 1965

Eliot attracted widespread attention for his poem "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" (1915), which was seen as a masterpiece of the Modernist movement. It was followed by some of the best-known poems in the English language, including "The Waste Land" (1922), "The Hollow Men" (1925), "Ash Wednesday" (1930), and "Four Quartets" (1945). He was also known for his seven plays, particularly "Murder in the Cathedral" (1935). He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948, "for his outstanding, pioneer contribution to present-day poetry".

Selected bibliography:

  • Poetry
  • Prufrock and Other Observations (1917)
  • The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
  • Portrait of a Lady
  • Preludes
  • Rhapsody on a Windy Night
  • Morning at the Window
  • The Boston Evening Transcript (about the Boston Evening Transcript)
  • Aunt Helen
  • Cousin Nancy
  • Mr. Apollinax (a sketch of Bertrand Russell)
  • Hysteria
  • Conversation Galante
  • La Figlia Che Piange
  • Poems (1920)
  • Gerontion
  • Burbank with a Baedeker: Bleistein with a Cigar
  • Sweeney Erect
  • A Cooking Egg
  • Le Directeur
  • Mélange Adultère de Tout
  • Lune de Miel
  • The Hippopotamus
  • Dans le Restaurant
  • Whispers of Immortality
  • Mr. Eliot's Sunday Morning Service
  • Sweeney Among the Nightingales
  • Plays
  • Sweeney Agonistes (published in 1926, first performed in 1934)
  • The Rock (1934)
  • Murder in the Cathedral (1935)
  • The Family Reunion (1939)
  • The Cocktail Party (1949)
  • The Confidential Clerk (1953)
  • The Elder Statesman (first performed in 1958, published in 1959)

T.S. Eliot Quotes

Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal.

Sometimes things become possible if we want them bad enough.

Some editors are failed writers, but so are most writers.

A prose that is altogether alive demands something of the reader that the ordinary novel reader is not prepared to give.

So I find words I never thought to speak

In streets I never thought I should revisit

When I left my body on a distant shore.

The world turns and the world changes, But one thing does not change. In all of
The world turns and the world changes,
But one thing does not change.
In all of my years, one thing does not change,
However you disguise it, this thing does not change:
The perpetual struggle of Good and Evil.

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