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Friday, September 26, 2014
Poet T.S. Eliot was Born (September 26, 1888)
On this date in English literary history – September 26,
1888, poet T.S. Eliot was born in St. Louis, Missouri. Eliot was a graduate of Harvard
and also studied at the Sorbonne in Paris and at Oxford. After meeting poet and
lifelong friend Ezra Pound, Eliot relocated to England. In 1915, he married
Vivian Haigh-Wood, but the marriage was unhappy, partly due to her mental
instability. She died in an institution in 1947. Eliot began working at Lloyd's
Bank in 1917, writing reviews and essays on the side. He founded a critical
quarterly, Criterion, and quietly
developed a new brand of poetry. His first major work, The Lovesong of J. Alfred Prufrock, was published in 1917 and
hailed as the invention of a new kind of poetry. His long, fragmented images
and use of blank verse influenced nearly all future poets, as did his
masterpiece The Waste Land, published
in Criterion and The Dial in 1922. While Eliot is best known for revolutionizing
modern poetry, his literary criticism and plays were also successful. In 1925,
he accepted a job as an editor at Faber and Faber, which allowed him to quit
his job at the bank. He held the position for the rest of his life. In 1927 he
became a British citizen. Eliot lectured in the United States frequently in the
1930s and 1940s, a time when his own worldview was fluctuating. In 1957, he
married his assistant, Valerie Fletcher. The couple lived happily until his
death on January 4, 1965 in London.
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