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T.S. Eliot first editions

TS Eliot (1888-1965) was not just an essayist but publisher, playwright and acclaimed poet of the twentieth century.


He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1948.

Born in America, he moved to the UK at the age of 25, renouncing his American citizenship by the age of 39. It is believed that he changed the way that poetry was written in England, becoming the pioneer of the modernist poetry movement.

Contemporary writers that he considered his peers were Pound and Lewis (though he knew their limitations extremely well). The only one he looked up to was Joyce.


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  1. First edition, first impression; 8vo; half-title, endpapers slightly browned, otherwise unmarked internally; publisher's red cloth, gilt lettering to spine, unclipped dustjacket printed in blue and red, top edge and spine of dustjacket slightly sunned, otherwise in very good condition, corners slightly rubbed, overall a very good copy; 31, [5, blank]pp.

  2. First edition, first impression; 8vo; publisher's black cloth, titles to spine gilt, with the dust jacket; some minor spotting to the end leaves as usual but an excellent copy in the little rubbed and slightly faded dust jacket with a couple of pieces of internal tape.

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