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Murder in the Cathedral

by T. S. Eliot

Although T. S. Eliot (Thomas Sternes Eliot) was born in 1888 in St. Louis, Missouri, he moved to England in 1914 and officially became a British subject in 1927. The choice to leave America for England was one of many that reflect a conservative frame of mind. In 1929, Eliot described himself as an Anglo- Catholic in religion, a classicist in literature, and a royalist in politics; all three look back to traditional forms of belief, literature, and government. Yet Eliot’s literary work was simultaneously revolutionary and conservative; he caught the spirit of his age by marrying modern language and classical allusion in his poetry. Eliot’s first major published poem, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” (1915), captured the spiritual paralysis of a world suddenly and radically changed by the First World War. In his later...

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