Today is the birthday of T.S. Eliot, born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1888. At the age of 27, he wrote â€œThe Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrockâ€ (1915), and at 34, wrote â€œThe Waste Landâ€ (1922). At the height of his career, when he was writing poetry, plays, and literary criticism, and serving as director of the British publisher Faber & Faber, he was the 20th centuryâ€™s single most influential writer. He was dry and enigmatic, and he spoke very, very slowly. Yet, he loved the Marx Brothers and was said to harbor a weakness for squirting buttonholes and exploding cigars. Somebody once said to Eliot that most editors are failed writers. Eliot said: â€œYes. So are most writers.â€ — via The Writer’s Almanac
I grow old. I grow old.