T. S. Eliot

20t century Inglis author

Thomas Stearns Eliot OM (26 September 1888 – 4 Januar 1965) wis an American-born Breetish essayist, publisher, playwricht, leeterar an social creetic an "ane o the twentiet century's major poets".[2] Born in St. Louis, Missouri, in the Unitit States, tae a prominent Boston Brahmin faimily, he muived tae Ingland in 1914 at the age o 25, settlin, wirkin, an mairyin thare. He becam a Breetish subject in 1927 at the age o 39, renooncin his American passport.[3]

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Eliot in 1934
BornThomas Stearns Eliot
26 September 1888(1888-09-26)
St. Louis, Missouri, Unitit States
Dee'd4 Januar 1965(1965-01-04) (aged 76)
Kensington, Lunnon, Ingland
ThriftPoet, dramatist, leeterar creetic, an eeditor
CeetizenshipAmerican bi birth; Breetish frae 1927
EddicationAB in filosofie (Harvard, 1909)
PhD (cand) in filosofie (Harvard, 1915–16)[1]
Alma materHarvard Varsity
Leeterar muivementModrenism
Notable warksThe Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock (1915), The Waste Land (1922), Four Quartets (1944)
Notable awairdsNobel Prize in Leeteratur (1948), Order o Meerit (1948)
SpooseVivienne Haigh-Wood
(m. 1915; sep. 1932)

Esmé Valerie Fletcher
(m. 1957–1965)


Eliot attractit widespreid attention for his poem "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" (1915), that wis seen as a masterpiece o the Modrenist muivement. It wis follaed bi some o the best-kent poems in the Inglis leid, includin The Waste Land (1922), "The Hollow Men" (1925), "Ash Wednesday" (1930), an Four Quartets (1943).[4] He wis an aw kent for his seiven plays, pairticularly Murder in the Cathedral (1935) an The Cocktail Party (1949). He wis awairdit the Nobel Prize in Leeteratur in 1948, "for his ootstaundin, pioneer contreibution tae present-day poetry".[5][6]


  1. Jewel Spears Brooker, Mastery and Escape: T.S. Eliot and the Dialectic of Modernism, University of Massachusetts Press, 1996, p. 172.
  2. Bush, Ronald. "T.S. Eliot's Life and Career." American National Biography. Ed. John A Garraty and Mark C. Carnes. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999.[1]
  3. Sanna, Ellyn (2003). "Biography of T. S. Eliot". In Bloom, Harold (ed.). T.S. Eliot. Bloom's Biocritiques. Broomall: Chelsea House Publishing. pp. (3–44) 30.
  4. "Thomas Stearns Eliot", Encyclopædia Britannica, accessed 7 November 2009.
  5. "The Nobel Prize in Literature 1948". Nobelprize.org. Nobel Media. Retrieved 26 April 2013.
  6. "The Nobel Prize in Literature 1948 – T.S. Eliot", Nobelprize.org, taken from Frenz, Horst (ed). Nobel Lectures, Literature 1901–1967. Amsterdam: Elsevier Publishing Company, 1969, accessed 6 March 2012.