Thomas Stearns "T. S." Eliot (1888 - 1965) was a British essayist, publisher, playwright, literary and social critic and "one of the twentieth century's major poets". He moved from his native United States to England in 1914 at the age of 25, settling, working and marrying there. He was eventually naturalized as a British subject in 1927 at the age of 39, renouncing his American citizenship. Eliot attracted widespread attention for his poem "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" (1915), which was 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 (1922), "The Hollow Men" (1925), "Ash Wednesday" (1930) and "Four Quartets" (1945). He was also known for his seven plays, particularly Murder in the Cathedral (1935). He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948, "for his outstanding, pioneer contribution to present-day poetry".
The Waste Land, Prufrock, and Othersby T. S. Eliot
Prufrock and Other Observations published in 1917 contains the poet's "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock." Poems, published in 1920, include "Sweeney and the Nightingales." The Waste Land, published in 1922 and containing a fascinating "Notes" is perhaps the poet's most compelling piece. Reading all these works together,
Prufrock and Other Observations published in 1917 contains the poet's "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock." Poems, published in 1920, include "Sweeney and the Nightingales." The Waste Land, published in 1922 and containing a fascinating "Notes" is perhaps the poet's most compelling piece. Reading all these works together, however, creates a remarkable context that expands the experience of encountering any of these poems individually. Perhaps the finest poetry of the twentieth century. T.S. Eliot's position in the literature of the world is unmistakable, largely due to the poems contained within this volume. An American who moved to England, Eliot wrote poems reflecting a deep scholarship and also caught the mood and flavor of a very new time -- all of these poems (and they're the bulk of the work Eliot did in his lifetime) come from the years just after World War I. Clearly and observably, these poems captured the essence of the hour -- in a very real way, they mark the beginning of a new literary era.
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This is a fine companion to any other texts regarding T. S. Eliot. The format is of such that notetaking in a class can be done in the text due to spacing. Accompanying notes embellish the read. I am an Eliot reader and would recommend this for a beginning Eliot reader, advanced, or pleasure reader. This text is quite transportable.