The Life of T.S. Eliot

Thomas Stearns Eliot was born on September 26, 1888 in St. Louis, Missouri. However, he spent the majority of his life living in England using the name T.S. Eliot. During his lifetime, T. S. Eliot was a well known poet, playwright, and critic. However, the world mostly recognizes his talent as one of the best poets of his generation.

Eliot spent his childhood in an upper class family, where his father was a businessman and his mother worked as a social worker. His mother was also a poet, and it is from her that Eliot picked up his talent and love for poetry. Upon graduating from high school, Eliot spent a year at a prep school in Massachusetts, followed by attending Harvard University, where he studied writing and philosophy. After graduating in 1909, he attended graduate schools at Harvard, in Paris and in London.

It was during his early years in England that he grew found of his new country. After finishing at Merton College in London, Eliot took school teaching positions that kept him in England, followed by positions at a bank and with a British publishing company, where he stayed the majority of his working career. In 1927, Eliot gave up his American citizenship and officially became a British subject.

· Eliot Biography: biography and timeline of Eliot’s life

· Nobel Prize Biography: biography of Nobel Prize winner Eliot

· Early Years: summary of the early years of T.S. Eliot


Although he began to write in his college years it was during his time in England that Eliot began to seriously write poetry. His poetry collections included “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”, “The Waste Land”, “Hollow Man” and “Ash Wednesday.” However, one of his most recognizable works was also the inspiration behind the Broadway musical “Cats.” In 1939 he wrote “Old Possums Book of Practical Cats”, which talked about the deeds of many mysterious cats, which would later become characters in the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical.

· Eliot Poems: listing and online resource for Eliot’s poems

· Poetry: full text of T.S. Eliot poems

· Old Possums Book of Practical Cats: the poems that the Broadway musical “Cats” was based


After the publication of “Ash Wednesday” in 1930, Eliot began to write plays. The majority of these plays were comedies, but he also wrote plays that concluded with a redeeming theme for the main characters. The change in focus had a lot to do with Eliot’s own change in religious beliefs during this time frame. It was during his time in England that Eliot converted his religion to Anglicanism and the Church of England. The renewed religious focus had an impact of Eliot for the remainder of his writing career.

· Plays: catalog of the seven Eliot plays

· Eliot Works: biography and works of T.S. Eliot

· Plays & Poems: collection of plays and poems in PDF format


T.S. Eliot was not only a writer, but also became known as a critic that changed the way literary works should be reviewed. He not only was critical of other literary works, but took a harsh look at some of his earlier works. His contributions as a critic have led other critics to look at literary works in a new light and this has carried on to this day.

· Critic: information of Eliot as a critic

· Criticism: essays on poetry and criticism

· Literary Criticism: selective list of Eliot literary criticism

T.S. Eliot was an accomplished writer who was recognized by being awarded the Order of Merit in the United Kingdom, the Nobel Prize for Literature and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Most people believe that if you conducted a background check on Eliot, you would not find any negative information either in his personal or professional life. Throughout his life Eliot remained in England and he passed away on January 4, 1965 in London England. However, his accomplishments will be remembered by in the United States, the United Kingdom and throughout the literary world.