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Old 13th November 2012, 10:51 AM   #1
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T S Eliot

Does anyone know? When T S Eliot settled in England, did he take British citizenship? Or, did he remain an American living in England?

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Became a British citizen in 1927 according to The Encyclopedia of World Biography.
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Old 13th November 2012, 11:01 AM   #3
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You could ask his wife.

Oh, sorry. You should have asked sooner.

(Her obituary appears today.)
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Old 13th November 2012, 11:09 AM   #4
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Became a British citizen in 1927 according to The Encyclopedia of World Biography.
Thank you. That tells me a bit more about him. The little bio about him in his book of poems just says he "moved to London".
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You could ask his wife.

Oh, sorry. You should have asked sooner.

(Her obituary appears today.)
I did see that, yes.
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He's a bit of an odd case. He was born in St. Louis, but considered himself an Anglican, which explains why he's included in both American and British anthologies.

As for Modernists I prefer Wallace Stevens, but Four Quartets is certainly a masterpiece and Prufrock is laborious drivel.
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Old 14th November 2012, 09:53 AM   #7
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I largely agree, although Eliot was my gateway drug for modern poetry. Like a lot of poncy teens, I loved 'Prufrock' because I imagined it was about me. I still like it now, when I've realised that the narrator is, I think, meant to invite contempt rather than sympathy.
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