TS Eliot once made a rash decision of ditching his fiancé in American and marrying Vivien Haigh-Wood after only a couple months of meeting. It soon came back to bite him because their marriage became very unstable and both soon had mental breakdowns. This did although produce his greatest works (“TS Eliot’s Life and Career”)…
Thomas Stearns Eliot was born on the 26th of September, 1888, in St. Louis Missouri. He was the youngest of his six siblings. His parents are Henry Ware Eliot and Charlotte Champe Stearns (Britannica). Throughout his childhood, he had the widest education available. After all, his father was a successful entrepreneur, president, and treasurer of the Hydraulic-Press Brick Company while his mother was a former teacher, social volunteer Humanity club of St. Louis, and an amateur poet with a taste for Emerson (Ackroyd 15)). From Smith Academy in St. Louis young, Eliot went to Milton, Massachusetts then from Milton he entered Harvard in 1906; received a B.A. in 1909, after three instead of the usual four years (Britannica). After he received a Master’s degree from Harvard he traveled to Paris and studied at the Sorbonne.
“He spent the year 1910–11 in France, attending Henri Bergson’s lectures in philosophy at the Sorbonne and reading poetry with Alain-Fournier. Eliot’s study of the poetry of Dante, of the English writers John Webster and John Donne, and of the French Symbolist Jules Laforgue helped him to find his own style,” (Britannica, TS Eliot). He rejoined Harvard in 1911 as a doctoral student in philosophy where he read avidly and keenly the writings of F.H. Bradley, Buddhism and Indic philosophy. Upon completing his course there, Eliot was sent to Merton College, Oxford Univers...
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