26 September 1888
Thomas Stearns Eliot, poet, playwright, and critic, was born at 2635 Locust Street
, St Louis
, the youngest of seven children, separated by a gap of several years from his closest sibling.
TSE published his epoch-making poem "The Waste Land"
, without the later accompanying notes, in the first number of The Criterion
, of which he was editor.
15 December 1922 The Waste Land
, TSE's highly allusive poem about the modern condition, first appeared as a separate publication, with its accompanying notes, in an edition by Boni and Liveright
in New York
April 1936 Collected Poems
by TSE appeared. Among its reprintings of historically significant pieces, the last-placed and most important new item was "Burnt Norton"
, which later became the first of his Four Quartets