T. S. ELIOT
T. S. ELIOT
A Life in Pictures
People in His Life
T. S. Eliot Prize
T. S. Eliot House
Old Possum’s Trust
Thomas Stearns Eliot born, St Louis, Missouri.
Enters Smith Academy, St Louis.
‘Song’, Eliot’s first poem ‘shown to other eyes’, printed in
Smith Academy Record
Delivers the valedictory poem on his graduation from Smith.
Passes a year at Milton Academy, Massachusetts.
Enters Harvard, where he graduates BA 1909, MA 1910.
Discovers the poetry of Jules Laforgue, among others, in Arthur Symons’s
The Symbolist Movement in Literature
Moves to Paris. Studies at the Sorbonne.
Returns to Harvard to pursue philosophy, in particular the idealism of F. H. Bradley.
Meets and falls in love with Emily Hale.
Arrives, via Germany, in England, having gained admission to Merton College, Oxford on a travelling fellowship.
Meets Ezra Pound
‘The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock’ published in
Marries Vivienne Haigh-Wood, the couple having met in March.
‘Preludes’ and ‘Rhapsody on a Windy Night’ published in Wyndham Lewis’s magazine
A term teaching in High Wycombe is followed by a year at Highgate Junior School.
Accepts a position in the Colonial and Foreign Department of Lloyds Bank.
Appointed Editorial Assistant at
The Egoist Press publishes
Prufrock and Other Observations
Death of Eliot’s father.
is published by Hogarth Press; republished with ‘Gerontion’ as
Ara Vos Prec
‘Tradition and the Individual Talent’ printed in
First collection of literary criticism,
The Sacred Wood
, published by Methuen.
Recovers from ‘nervous breakdown’ in Margate, then Lausanne, where he completes a draft of
The Waste Land
Returns from Switzerland to Paris, where he and Pound work on the poem.
First issue of
, funded by Lady Rothermere. At its centre is
The Waste Land
Invited to join the board of Faber & Gwyer, who agree to share financial burden of
‘The Hollow Men’ published, part of
Received into the Anglican Church, following a private baptism.
‘Journey of the Magi’ published in the first batch of Faber’s ‘Ariel’ Poems.
Accepted as a British citizen.
Death of Eliot’s mother.
, begun in December 1927.
Departs for America on eight-month lecture-tour.
Visits Emily Hale in California.
Begins to arrange a legal separation from Vivienne.
First performance of Eliot’s pageant,
Murder in the Cathedral
opens to great acclaim and, in due course, international success.
‘Burnt Norton’, the first of
, published in
Collected Poems 1909–1935.
Vivienne is committed to Northumberland House, a private asylum near Finsbury Park.
Final issue of
, with Eliot’s ‘Last Words’.
Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats
Vivienne Haigh-Wood dies of a heart attack, aged fifty-eight.
Awarded the Order of Merit by George VI.
Receives the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Marries Valerie Fletcher in a private ceremony, beginning at 6.15 am.
T. S. Eliot dies at home in Kensington.
The T. S. Eliot Prize
This Year’s Prize
The T. S. Eliot Prize 2018