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The artist as a young mandarin

Before Paris, before London, a young T.S. Eliot discovered the salons and streets of bohemian Boston in the early 1910s. The effects are still with us.

T.S. Eliot in 1906, at age 19.
T.S. Eliot in 1906, at age 19. (Houghton Library) Houghton Library
By David Barber
January 1, 2006

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WILL WE EVER make our peace with T.S. Eliot? For all the ink spilled on sequencing the DNA of ''The Waste Land" and ''Four Quartets," the circumspect closing passage of the New York Times obituary that ran 40 years ago last January almost might have been written yesterday: ''Although Eliot's influence began to wane in the last decade of his ... (Full article: 1867 words)

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