T. S. Eliot and Decadence

A celebration of T. S. Eliot and the influence of France on his life and work


T.S. Eliot and Decadence

on Tues 21st February 2017, 7.30pm

in Hall 1 at Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG

Curated by the Rimbaud and Verlaine Foundation and generously sponsored by the T. S. Eliot Foundation

A live event featuring a glittering line-up of speakers, poetry readings and live music, which will transport you back to Paris in 1910 and to the amazing cultural scene which so decisively influenced the work of T. S. Eliot. T. S. Eliot is perhaps the most famous poet in the English language. What is less well known is the effect that France and French culture had on his development as a poet. In 1910 Eliot spent a year living in Paris and studying philosophy at the Sorbonne. Arguably we owe much of his early work, including his first major poem ‘The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock’, to this exposure to French culture, and to the Decadent movement in particular, including the work of the poets Jules Laforgue, Arthur Rimbaud, and Paul Verlaine.

Featuring Simon Callow, the distinguished star of stage and screen, and Roy Howat, internationally acclaimed pianist and musicologist, Margaret Reynolds, the inspiring academic and broadcaster, and Matthew Creasy, a leading expert on the French Decadent movement, this special event will show how French cultural influences played a profound part in forging the mature work of T. S. Eliot as a poet, writer and critic.

Enjoy a wonderful evening of music, poetry and talks, and discover the French influences of this great poet!

Image of Simon Callow


How to book

Tickets cost £12.50 if booked online | Savers £9.50*
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generously sponsored by T.S.Eliot Foundation
supported by Institut Français


The Rimbaud and Verlaine Foundation. Taking inspiration from Rimbaud and Verlaine, the Foundation wishes to encourage engagement with the arts, especially amongst those with clear social and educational need, and to broaden horizons by means of cultural exchange. For more information about the Foundation please telephone 07739 937809, emailgraham@rimbaudverlaine.org, visit the website at www.rimbaudverlaine.com, or write to The Rimbaud and Verlaine Foundation, Kings Place Music Base, 90 York Way, London, N1 9AG.