The Interesting Life of T. S. Eliot

Interesting Literature

We could write thousands of words as part of a T. S. Eliot biography, but instead we’ll limit ourselves to a shortish piece that distils all of the most interesting aspects of Eliot’s life into one relatively brief post. What follows, then, is a short and, we hope, interesting guide to the amazing life of T. S. Eliot (1888-1965).

Early Life

Thomas Stearns Eliot was born on 26 September 1888 in St Louis, Missouri, the youngest of seven children. His ancestors had lived in America for the last couple of centuries, since Andrew Elliott had left East Coker in Somerset for Massachusetts in the 1660s. (Elliott was one of the jurists who tried the Salem ‘witches’ in 1692, alongside John Hathorne, great-great-grandfather of the American novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne.) An earlier ancestor, his namesake Thomas Elyot (c. 1490-1546), was an influential scholar during the reign of Henry VIII who had spoken…

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