|Pages/Publication Date:||512 / 2016|
He was a student and lover, banker and philosopher—but most of all, T.S. Eliot was an epoch-shaping poet struggling to make art despite his personal disasters. Quoting extensively from Eliot's poetry and prose as well as drawing on new interviews, archives, and previously undisclosed memoirs, Robert Crawford shows how the poet's background in Missouri, Massachusetts, and Paris made him a lightning rod for modernity. Most impressively, this biography reveals the way he accessed his inner life—his anguishes and his fears—and blended them with his omnivorous reading to create his masterpieces "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" and The Waste Land.