Thomas Stearns Eliot was born in St Louis, Missouri in 1888. He was educated at Harvard, at the Sorbonne in Paris, and at Merton College, Oxford. He settled in England in 1915, the year in which he met his contemporary Ezra Pound for the first time. His most famous work, The Waste Land, was published in 1922.He become a director of Faber and Gwyer, later Faber and Faber. His masterpiece Four Quartets began with 'Burnt Norton' in 1936, continued with 'East Coker' in 1940, 'The Dry Salvages' in 1941 and 'Little Gidding' in 1942. The separate poems were gathered together as one work in 1943. In 1939, he published his children's classic, Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, the jacket drawn by Eliot himself. (The Possum was Eliot's alias among friends). Eliot was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1948. He died in January 1965.