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The Nobel Prize in Literature 1948 was awarded to T.S. Eliot "for his outstanding, pioneer contribution to present-day poetry".

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Four Quartets

His language is compelling, entrancing and mystical. This deep and dark poem has gripped my imagination for the last 27 years. I keep reading it in order to enrich my soul with his images of beauty and decay, of time and timelessness, of the "fire and the rose".
/Louise Harwood, Canada
In this remarkable book, Eliot describes the ineffable with precision. His form, as paradoxical as his content, draws me back to these beautiful poems again and again. They are, moreover, outwardly the simplest of his poems, a pleasure to read, though they tease the mind out of thought on contemplation.
/Michael, Australia
It condenses modern day living experience to a literal reality. Reading it is almost like living it. A genuine masterpiece so unfathomable, yet so close to the reader. An experience worth more than a lifetime.
/Keshab Anand Pegu, India
It tells of everyday life, painting a picture with vibrant strokes. T.S. Eliot is one of the world's most famous authors for his perspective on everyday life and interesting symbolism.
/Alex Shell, United States

Murder in the Cathedral

TS Eliot was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1888. He was educated at Sorbonne, Harvard and Oxford. He was an eminent scholar of Sanskrit and Pali. He got his PhD from the Harvard. He settled in England where he worked as a school teacher, a bank clerk, a literary editor rising to become the Director of Faber & Faber. Mr Eliot was very handsome and tall and his best pen-picture comes from his own pen: How pleasant to Meet Mr Eliot/ with his features of clerical cut/ and his brows so grim/ and his mouth So prim/ and his conversation so nicely/ restricted to what precisely/ and if and Perhaps and But. TS Eliot won the 1948 Nobel Prize in Literature. I recommend his verse drama 'The Murder in The Cathedral'. By means of this drama; Mr Eliot portrays the assassination of Archbishop Thomas Becket in Canterbury Cathedral in 1170. The drama was written in 1935 and staged in the same year. This is one of the Great drama of our time and its beauty lies in the fact that one enjoys 'seeing' it as much as 'reading' it. The verse is superb, the words in their best marching order - they bombard well.
/Dilbag Firdausi, India
It is a drama.
/Pinki, India
I have read this book also in English and in Greek (the translation of G. Seferis). I like this book because of a point on it, the point of the fourth tempter. There T S Eliot puts readers in front of their selves because the fourth tempter is the personality of each one of the readers of this book.
/Giannis Christopoulos, Greece
I believe that this is one of the greatest plays of the twentieth century. Mr Eliot's poetic capacity reaches its peak, and the plot opens up endless possibilities both for staging and reading. I would say that this play can be read as well as seen. Lingering on each phrase allows you to enter unexpected paths to discovery.
/Monica Godo, Spain

Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats

It is a funny and witty book with nice poems about cats! My favourite poem is "The Naming of Cats". It is nicely written and I like the rhyming. I have the book in my bathroom and usually I sit in there and read.
/Rebecca Hagberg Snäckerström, Sweden
I like this book of poems because it combines good rhyming and syllable schemes with a funny theme.
/Dhario, United States

Prufrock and Other Observations

Revolution in style and the character's psychological crisis makes you challenge the reality and develop. This is the work of a great self-motivation.
/Oleg Semenov, Ukraine
It enthralled me since I was a teenager. I appreciate the interior dialogue of an old man who struggles between desire and phobia. The finality of life paralyzes Prufrock. I suppose I identify with the persona because I knew people like him growing up. Wonderful people, great in their own right who have "bitten of matters with a smile" but who cannot deal with the matters, really. They talk in has-beens and long-agos and the right now is the most frightening moment they have ever experienced. I think great literature haunts you because you can "see" or "have lived" the truth in it. Great themes come together as Prufrock pans scenes from his life. Themes packed into Dante, Lazarus, Marvell, Hamlet, Christ, John the Baptist . The Big Question is what has a man like Prufrock got to tell me? What can I learn from this spiritually moribund person? Life, living, death, struggle, entertainment, enjoyment, touch, compassion. The poem may be about seventy lines and everytime I read it through I am amazed at how I've explored so many human facets in the fifteen or so minutes it takes me to "put on Prufrock".
/Regina Keels, United States

The Waste Land

Dead land is our world ... we lost meaning of love and friendships and go speedly to destroy the world
/Turgut Say, Turkey
It suppose a revolution in the 20th century poetry and because it is one of the most beautiful books I've ever read.
/José Luis de, Spain
I appreciate the vedanta philosophy contained in this great work.
/Vivek.B, India
T S Eliot is one of the most widely prescribed authors in the Indian Universities. Mr Eliot is prolific, intense and captivating. He adorns prose and poesy alike. I like and recommend his 'The Waste Land', which is a flawless portrayal of the human predicament in crisis. Sometimes I feel as if this book is reading ME.
/Dilbag Firdausi, India
I think it's a remarkable treatise on human condition, and not only in the twentieth century. In the other hand, it's an amazing experiment of poetic language.
/Carlos Frederico Manes, Brazil
Because the book draws a picture of a man in crisis. The poetry of T.S. Eliot. It is an "Awareness" of his time. Innovator of poetic forms, "a revolutionary academic."
/Ernani, Brazil
For it's great translation of human passions. This book is like a music that no needs translation and I can have a wistful eye on it.
/Ali Malekolkottab, Iran
As a poet and an essayist, I very much admire the concept of T.S. Eliot's poetry. Though it has some technical value, it is often spared by the beauty of its lyrical quality, especially to some students. Reading Eliot is a pleasure and an experience for me as a writer, and whenever I felt the urge of writing my pieces, it is through Eliot's poetry that I relish most - for this is the reason why I became a writer, and a poet in my country, Philippines.
/Prof. Rommel O., Philippines
Very modern poetry. T.S. Eliot writes like an angel, so divine and powerful.
/Katrina Cendana, Philippines
I like this book. Also I like his thoughts. I hope I get this prize, that's what I live for.
/Yara, Egypt
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