And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
T. S. (Thomas Stearns) Eliot (1888-1965) From Little Gidding, Section V, The Four Quartets
Though born in St. Louis, Eliot’s family had New England roots reaching back to the Salem witch trials and deep into Harvard yard. He attended Milton Academy and spent summers on Cape Ann (see The Dry Salvages), later studying at Harvard, Oxford, and the Sorbonne. In later life he renounced both Unitarianism and his American citizenship in favor of Anglicanism and the United Kingdom. Eliot is often cited as the greatest modern poet, and The Waste Land as one of the most important poems of the 20th century. In 1948 he was awarded both the Nobel Prize for Literature and the Order of Merit.
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