T. S. Eliot (1888–1965)

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Missouri-born, Eliot settled in England before the First World War. Working in Lloyd's Bank, he published 'Prufrock and Other Observations' in 1917, and 'Poems' in 1919, hand-printed at the Hogarth Press by Leonard and Virginia Woolf. Eliot founded the journal, 'The Criterion', in 1922, publishing his now-famous poem, 'The Waste Land', in the first issue. In 1925 he joined the publishing house Faber & Faber and established a reputation for promoting younger writers including W. H. Auden and Stephen Spender. He became a British subject in 1927. Later work included 'Murder in the Cathedral' from 1935 and 'Four Quartets', published between 1935 and 1942. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1948.

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T. S. Eliot (1888–1965)






H 48.3 x W (?) x D (?) cm

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donated by the trustees of the Epstein estate, 1965

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