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T. S. Eliot

Poet, Author and Nobel Laureate T. S. Eliot

Full Name: Thomas Stearns Eliot
Profession: Poet, Author and Nobel Laureate

United States of America
United Kingdom

Biography: T. S. Eliot is one of the most important 20th century poets and a recognised playwright, critic and publisher.

Born in America, Eliot took British citizenship in 1927. In 1948 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature for his outstanding, pioneer contribution to present-day poetry.His most famous poetic works include "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" (1915)", "The Waste Land" (1922) and "The Hollow Men" (1925).

Eliot's well known plays include "Murder in the Cathedral" (1935). Eliot also worked for literary London publisher Faber and Faber, promoting such major poets as Ted Hughes.

Born: September 26, 1888
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, USA

Generation: Lost Generation
Star Sign: Libra

Died: January 4, 1965 (aged 76)
Cause of Death: Emphysema

Married Life

  • 1915-06-26 Poet T. S. Eliot (26) weds governess Vivienne Haigh-Wood (27) at Hampstead Register Office in London
  • 1957-01-10 Poet T. S. Eliot (68) marries his 2nd wife editor Esmé Valerie Fletcher (30)

Historical Events

  • 1935-11-01 T. S. Eliot's play "Murder in the Cathedral" premieres in London
  • 1948-11-04 American-born British poet T. S. Eliot wins Nobel Prize for literature
  • 1950-01-21 T. S. Eliot's play "The Cocktail Party" premieres in NYC
  • 1981-05-11 Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical "Cats" (based on poetry by T. S. Eliot) directed by Trevor Nunn first premieres in the West End, London