T. S. Eliot (Thomas Stearns Eliot) | First Editions
1888 - 1965
Thomas Stearns Eliot OM (26 September 1888 – 4 January 1965) was an American-born British essayist, publisher, playwright, literary and social critic and "one of the twentieth century's major poets", according to biographer Ronald Bush. Indeed, Eliot was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948, "for his outstanding, pioneer contribution to present-day poetry". T.S. Eliot moved to England in 1914 at age 25, where he settled, worked and married. He was eventually naturalised as a British subject in 1927 at age 39, renouncing his American citizenship.
Eliot attracted widespread attention for his poem "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" (1915), which is seen as a masterpiece of the Modernist movement. It was followed by some of the best-known poems in the English language, including The Waste Land (1922). The Waste Land received mixed criticism and praise. Charles Powell called Eliot's poems 'incomprehensible', whilst the writers of Time magazine were similarly baffled by the poem. However, Edmund Wilson praised Eliot as "one of our only authentic poets", concluding, "I doubt whether there is a single other poem of equal length by a contemporary American which displays so high and so varied a mastery of English verse."
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London: Faber and Faber, 1942. First edition, first issue (sewn rather than stapled single section). Slim octavo, pp.16. In publisher's pink card wraps. One small black ink mark to front cover; some small marks to back cover. A near fine copy of the fourth poem in Eliot's 'Four Quartets' cycle.
New York, NY: Boni and Liveright, 1922. LIMITED SECOND EDITION. Octavo (20 x 13cm), pp.64. Number 518 of 1000 copies printed. Publisher's dark grey cloth with gilt titles to spine and upper board. Edges untrimmed. Text block lightly browned, as expected. Some rubbing to fore-edges and spine; a few marks to covers. Good.
London: Faber and Faber, Ltd., 1934. [Literary Criticism] FIRST EDITION, SIGNED by the author in blue ink to title page. Octavo (23 x 15cm), pp.68. Blue cloth hardcovers with gilt titles to spine, in typographic dust-jacket priced at 3/6. Faint erasure to pastedown, minor spotting, jacket with old tape to...
London: Faber and Faber. 1941. First Edition. 8vo. Publisher's very pale grey card wraps. Very minor edgewear and discolouration to extremities else fine. Clean, crisp and sharp. A lovely copy of the third poem in Eliot's Four Quartets cycle.
London: Faber and Gwyer, 1925. [Poetry] FIRST EDITION. Octavo (20 x 13cm), pp.; 99; . Publisher's navy cloth with titles printed to a paper label on the spine. All edges untrimmed. Black ink gift inscription to flyleaf, dated 1926. Lightly browned to edges. Head and tail caps rubbed and chipped;...