We were inspired to look more closely at some of the key figures that appear in our Little History books by an interaction with a reader on the Little History facebook page. We really liked the idea of finding out what the series has to say about all sorts of ‘remarkable people’, both heroes and villains, and we’re putting together this resource for you to explore. Whether you’re looking for help with your homework (!), or trying to fill a gap in your knowledge, Little History books and their cast of characters have plenty to offer.
American-English poet, playwright, literary critic, and author of 'The Waste Land'
1888 – 1965
T.S. Eliot was an American-English poet, playwright and literary critic. Born to a distinguished family in St. Louis, he studied at Harvard, the Sorbonne, and Oxford. In 1914, he moved to London, later becoming a British subject in 1927. Eliot published his first major poem, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, in 1915, establishing himself as an influential poet of the modernist movement. This was followed by The Waste Land in 1922, a 434-line poem that devastatingly captured the post-war condition of society. In 1948, Eliot won the Nobel Prize for Literature.
In A Little History of Literature, Sutherland introduces great classics in his own irresistible way, enlivening his offerings with humour as well as learning: Beowulf, Shakespeare, Don Quixote, the Romantics, Dickens, Moby Dick, The Waste Land, Woolf, …