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T.S. Eliot (1888-1965), Poet

Thomas Stearns ('T.S.') Eliot

Sitter in 66 portraits
Missouri-born, Eliot settled in England before the First World War. Working in Lloyd's Bank, he published Prufrock and Other Observations (1917), and Poems (1919), hand-printed at the Hogarth Press by Leonard and Virginia Woolf. Eliot founded The Criterion in 1922, publishing The Waste Land in the first issue. In 1925 he joined Faber & Faber, and established a reputation for promoting younger writers including W.H. Auden and Stephen Spender. He became a British subject in 1927. Later work included Murder in the Cathedral (1935) and Four Quartets (1935-42). He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1948.

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T.S. Eliot

by Edgar Holloway
etching, 1934
NPG D2301


T.S. Eliot

by Bill Brandt
bromide print, published in Harper's Bazaar, New York July 1945
NPG P190


T.S. Eliot

by Irving Penn
bromide print, 1950
NPG P591


T.S. Eliot

by Elliott & Fry
half-plate negative
NPG x81936


T.S. Eliot

by Felix H. Man (Hans Baumann)
bromide print, 1949
NPG x1152


'The Faber Poets'

by Mark Gerson
bromide print, September 1960
NPG x4599