Meeting Mr. Eliot
Few writers have elicited more admiration or more antipathy than Thomas Steams Eliot (1888-1965). Many critics and fellow poets have assailed him as a stodgy traditionalist who denied any possibility of great modem verse. Just as many have hailed him for defining the modem poetic "sensibility." Here, on the centennial of his birth, Frank McComell reintroduces the Missouri-born expatriate who once said of himself, "How unpleasant to meet Mr. Eliot!"