Fun Facts Friday: T.S. Eliot

September 26, 2014

T.S. Eliot (26 September, 1888 – 4 January, 1965) was a Noble Award winner American poet and playwright. His famous poem, The Waste Land, went on to redefine a genre.

Fun Facts Friday: T.S. Eliot

Books by T.S. Eliot

  1. The T.S. stands for Thomas Stearns
  2. T.S. Eliot is related to three US presidents: John Adams, John Quincy Adams and Rutherford B. Hayes.
  3. Sir Thomas Elyot, a 16th century writer, statesman and ancestor of T.S. Eliot is credit with the first recorded use of the words “education” and “democracy”.
  4. T.S. Eliot was a practical joker. The author would put whoopee cushions on seats of visiting authors to the publisher’s house he worked in and give them exploding cigars.
  5. He once broke a board meeting at Faber and Faber by setting off a bucket of firecrackers between the chairman’s legs.
    It was on the 4th of July!
  6. T.S. Eliot’s book Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, a collection of comic poems, is the basis for the successful Broadway play Cats.
  7. When giving a lecture at the University of Minnesota in 1956, the audience was so larger it had to be moved to the basketball stadium. Around 14,000 people came.
  8. T.S. Eliot loved Groucho Marx and even wrote him a fan letter and kept his picture on the wall. The two met for a disastrous dinner – Marx wanted to talk poetry, Eliot wanted to talk movies.
  9. The 1910 poem The Triumph of Bullshit (read it now), was the first use of the word “bullshit”.
  10. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948, “for his outstanding, pioneer contribution to present-day poetry.”

Books by T.S. Eliot

Zohar – Man of la Book

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