T. S. Eliot
Thomas Stearns "T. S." Eliot OM
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 (September 26, 1888 – January 4, 1965) was a playwright, literary critic, and arguably the most important English-language poet of the 20th century. Although he was born an American
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 he moved to the United Kingdom
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 in 1914 (at age 25) and was naturalised as a British subject
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 in 1927 at age 39.

The poem that made his name, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, commonly known as Prufrock, is a poem by T. S. Eliot, begun in February 1910 and published in Chicago in June 1915. Described as a "drama of literary anguish," it presents a stream of consciousness in the form of a dramatic monologue, and marked the beginning of...

—started in 1910 and published in Chicago in 1915—is regarded as a masterpiece of the modernist movement.

Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal; bad poets deface what they take, and good poets make it into something better, or at least something different.

"s:The Sacred Wood/Philip Massinger|Philip Massinger", a biographical essay in s:The Sacred Wood|The Sacred Wood (1920)

Mr. Aldous Huxley, who is perhaps one of those people who have to perpetrate thirty bad novels before producing a good one, has a certain natural — but little developed — aptitude for seriousness.

The Contemporary English Novelist, La Nouvelle Revue française|La Nouvelle Revue française (1927-05-01)

A dangerous person to disagree with.

On Samuel Johnson in Homage to John Dryden: Three Essays on Poetry of the Seventeenth Century (1927)

It is a test (a positive test, I do not assert that it is always valid negatively), that genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.

Dante (1929), a biographical essay

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.

Preface to Transit of Venus: Poems by Harry Crosby|Harry Crosby (1931)

It is certain that a book is not harmless merely because no one is consciously offended by it.

Religion and Literature 1935

The years between fifty and seventy are the hardest. You are always being asked to do more, and you are not yet decrepit enough to turn them down.

Time (1950-10-23) :s:The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock|Full text online (at Wikisource)

Let us go then, you and I,When the evening is spread out against the skyLike a patient etherized upon a table.