Timeline of T.S. Eliot
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Timeline of T.S. Eliot

The following timeline attempts to cover all the major milestones of Eliot's life and career.

September 26, 1888 T(homas) S(tearns) Eliot is born in Saint Louis, Missouri.
1906-1909 Undergraduate at Harvard. Discovery of the symbolists and Laforgue.
1909-1910 Graduate student at Harvard. Early poems, including "Portrait of a Lady" and beginnings of "Prufrock".
1910-1911 Studies in France and Germany. "Prufrock" completed.
1911-1914 Graduate student at Harvard. Commenced work on the philosophy of Francis Herbert Bradley.
1914-1915 Study in Germany cut off by war. Residence at Oxford. Short satiric poems. "Prufrock" published in Chicago, June 1915. Marriage to Vivien Haigh-Wood, July 1915.
1915-1919 Eliot holds several jobs, including being a teacher, bank clerk and assistant editor of the literary magazine Egoist.
1915-1916 Teaching and book reviewing in London. Bradley thesis completed.
1915 Eliot becomes a resident of London.
"The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock"
1917-1920 Employee of Lloyd's Bank. Numerous editorial and reviewing assignments. Writing of French poems, quatrain poems, "Gerontion."
1917 Prufrock and Other Observations, June 1917
1921-1922 London correspondent for The Dial.
1922-1939 Founder and editor of The Criterion.
1922 "The Waste Land"
Eliot wins Dial Award for The Waste Land. London correspondent for Revue Française.
1926-1927 "Fragment of a Prologue," "Fragment of an Agon," essays on Seneca.
1927-1930 Ariel Poems
1927 Eliot is confirmed in the Church of England and becomes a naturalized British citizen.
1930 "Ash Wednesday"
1932 Selected Essays, including most of The Sacred Wood.
1935 Poems, 1909-1935; including "Burnt Nortan."
1940-1942 Appearance of "East Coker," "The Dry Salvages," and "Little Gidding."
1943 "The Four Quartets"
1947 Death of T.S. Eliot's first wife, after long illness.
1948 King George VI bestowed the Order of Merit on T.S. Eliot. Eliot is awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.
1957 Marriage to Valerie Fletcher.
1958 The Elder Statesman
January 4, 1965 T.S. Eliot died.


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