T.S. Eliot

T.S. Eliot

Playwright, Lyricist, Author


Biography


T.S. Eliot was born Thomas Stearns Eliot, in St. Louis, Missouri in 1888. He studied at Harvard University, and went on to study philosophy at the Sorbonne in Paris, France. Settling in London, Eliot began a lifelong friendship with the poet, Ezra Pound, who encouraged Eliot to publish his own poetry. While working as a bank clerk, Eliot also pursued his literary career, writing poetry and literary criticism.

In 1922, Eliot published his landmark poem "The Wasteland", which became one of the most influential works on postwar disillusionment during the early twentieth century. Eliot gave up his banking career in 1925 to focus on writing full-time, and he became a British citizen two years later. He went on to found the influential literary journal, Criterion, and mentored many young poets at the publishing house, Faber & Faber.

Other major poetical works included "The Hollow Men" (1925), "Ash Wednesday" (1930), and "Four Quartets" (1943). Eliot also wrote for the theater and produced seven plays, notably Murder in the Cathedral (1935) and The Cocktail Party (1949).

In 1948, T.S. Eliot was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.


Shows by T.S. Eliot

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Synopsis

Based on T.S. Eliot’s whimsical collection of poems, Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s popular musical brings together a tribe of Jellicle Cats on a moonlit evening, who must make the “Jellicle choice... read more

The play focuses on a troubled married couple and their associates. Through the intervention of a rather mysterious individual, the couple settles their problems and move on apparently successfully with their lives. The Chris... read more

Overview

Nationality
American
Born
9/26/1888
Died
1/24/1965
Show Categories
Musical, Play
Genres
Drama, Comedy, Fairy Tale/Fantasy

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