T. S. Eliot

Playwright, Author

1888 – 1965


Who was T. S. Eliot?

Thomas Stearns Eliot OM was an essayist, publisher, playwright, literary and social critic and "one of the twentieth century's major poets." Born in St. Louis, Missouri in the United States, he moved to the United Kingdom in 1914 and was naturalised as a British subject in 1927 at age 39.

Eliot attracted widespread attention for his poem The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, which is 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, The Hollow Men, Ash Wednesday and Four Quartets. He is also known for his seven plays, particularly Murder in the Cathedral. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948, "for his outstanding, pioneer contribution to present-day poetry".

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  • Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?
  • For us, there is only the trying. The rest is not our business.
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  • It is obvious that we can no more explain a passion to a person who has never experienced it than we can explain light to the blind.
  • This is the way the world ends, not with a bang, but a whimper.
  • Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion…
  • I have measured out my life with coffee spoons.
  • It's not wise to violate rules until you know how to observe them.
  • Business today consists in persuading crowds.

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Sep 26, 1888
St. Louis
Also known as
  • Thomas Stearns Eliot
  • T.S. Eliot
  • Eliot, Thomas Stearns
  • Tom
  • Anglicanism
  • England
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America
  • Harvard University
  • Merton College, Oxford
  • Milton Academy
  • University of Oxford
Lived in
  • St. Louis
  • Missouri
Jan 4, 1965

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