T.S. Eliot

poet, playwright, editor, literary critic (1888-1965)

Major Accomplishments

  • most famous poem: "The Wasteland" (1922)
  • most famous play: Murder in the Cathedral (1935)
  • won the Nobel Prize for Literature (1948)
  • considered one of the most influential poets of the 20th century

Life in Paris

  • originally from St. Louis, MO, but became a British citizen in 1927
  • arrived in Paris in fall of 1910 and lived there for one year
  • became friends with Jean Verdenal (to whom he dedicated his first published book of poetry: Prufrock and Other Observations)
  • studied philosophy at the Sorbonne (University of Paris)
  • active in the intellectual life of Paris; interacted with Pablo Picasso, Henri Bergson, Paul Janet, Remy de Gourmont and others