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.
- The T.S. stands for Thomas Stearns
- T.S. Eliot is related to three US presidents: John Adams, John Quincy Adams and Rutherford B. Hayes.
- 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”.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The 1910 poem The Triumph of Bullshit (read it now), was the first use of the word “bullshit”.
- He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948, “for his outstanding, pioneer contribution to present-day poetry.”
Zohar – Man of la Book
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