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T.S. Eliot Primary Sources

Historical documents. What clues can you gather about T.S. Eliot, the time, place, players, and culture?

"The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock"

Eliot's famous poem, with flow text.

The Waste Land

The poem that made Eliot a literary star in 1922.

"The Hollow Men"

The poem that predicts the world's end, "not with a bang but a whimper."

"The Possibility of a Poetic Drama"

Eliot's 1920 essay in The Dial.

"Tradition and the Individual Talent"

A 1919 essay by Eliot.

The Sacred Wood: Essays on Poetry and Criticism

Eliot's classic essays of literary criticism.

Nobel Prize Presentation

Presentation speech, given by the Permanent Secretary of the Swedish Academy, before awarding the prize to Eliot.

Nobel Prize Acceptance

Eliot's speech as he accepted the award.

T.S. Eliot Talks About Himself

A 1953 interview with Eliot in The New York Times.


Eliot's 1965 obituary in The New York Times.

"TIME 100"

A compelling 1950 portrait of Eliot from Time magazine.

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