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The Love Song of J. 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. 1927 at the age of 39, renouncing his American citizenship. 1948, “for his outstanding, pioneer contribution to present-day poetry”. Hydraulic-Press Brick Company in St Louis. 44 years old when he was born.
Eliot was born at 2635 Locust Street, a property owned by his grandfather, William Greenleaf Eliot. Known to family and friends as Tom, he was the namesake of his maternal grandfather, Thomas Stearns. Eliot’s childhood infatuation with literature can be ascribed to several factors. Firstly, he had to overcome physical limitations as a child.
As he was often isolated, his love for literature developed. In his memoir of Eliot, his friend Robert Sencourt comments that the young Eliot “would often curl up in the window-seat behind an enormous book, setting the drug of dreams against the pain of living. Secondly, Eliot credited his hometown with fuelling his literary vision: “It is self-evident that St. Louis affected me more deeply than any other environment has ever done. I consider myself fortunate to have been born here, rather than in Boston, or New York, or London. Latin, Ancient Greek, French, and German.
He said the results were gloomy and despairing and he destroyed them. He also published three short stories in 1905, “Birds of Prey”, “A Tale of a Whale” and “The Man Who Was King”. Such a link with primitive people importantly antedates his anthropological studies at Harvard. Louis, Missouri for the first sixteen years of his life at the house on Locust St. After going away to school in 1905, he only returned to St. Louis for vacations and visits.
Despite moving away from the city, Eliot wrote to a friend that the “Missouri and the Mississippi have made a deeper impression on me than any other part of the world. He recovered and persisted, attaining a B. English literature in the fourth. It was defeated by two votes, after Eliot reminded the students how much they owed American culture. Escaping Oxford, Eliot spent much of his time in London. A connection through Aiken resulted in an arranged meeting and on 22 September 1914, Eliot paid a visit to Pound’s flat.
Pound instantly deemed Eliot “worth watching” and was crucial to Eliot’s beginning career as a poet, as he is credited with promoting Eliot through social events and literary gatherings. Thus, according to biographer John Worthen, during his time in England Eliot “was seeing as little of Oxford as possible”. He was instead spending long periods of time in London, in the company of Ezra Pound and “some of the modern artists whom the war has so far spared It was Pound who helped most, introducing him everywhere. In the end, Eliot did not settle at Merton and left after a year.