His father encouraged him to pursue a more practical career. In 1921, Langston’s father paid his tuition to Columbia University in New York City, on the basis, he studies engineering. After a short time, James dropped out of the program with a B+ average. During these times, he continued to write poetry. His first published poem was "The Negro Speaks of Rivers".
At forty years old, the father of a family, he sent letter after letter to friends in the United States, outlining his technique and advising them to publicize his achievement. Frost confronted typical modernist concerns with poems of alienation and shattered communication. With reviews by Pound and Amy Lowell supporting him, Frost was soon recognized as an acknowledged leader of the new poetry. Frost was named Phi Beta Kappa Poet at Tufts. After four years he had a third collection published, was elected to the National Institute of Arts and Letters, was named Phi Beta Kappa Poet at Harvard, was hired as a professor by Amherst College, and was awarded the first of his forty-four honorary degrees, by Amherst.
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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.
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He was an all around star at his school. In January 1922, he graduated with honors in Latin, Greek, Mathematics, and French. After graduating high school, he started attending New York University. In 1923, he won second prize in the Witter Bynner undergraduate poetry contest, which was sponsored by the Poetry Society of America. He won with a poem entitled The Ballad of the Brown Girl.