Quote of the week
“In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.”- Abraham Lincoln
Why was the student’s report card wet?
Find out the answer next week!
Author of the Week
T S Eliot is an American poet, playwright, essayist and literary critic who is best known for being one of the twentieth century’s major poets. Eliot was born as Thomas Stearns Eliot on September 26, 1888, in St.Louis, Missouri, United States. As a child, Eliot suffered from a hernia, which limited his physical abilities and thus led to his interest in literature. He was educated at Smith Academy, where he began to write poetry and later on, attended Milton Academy in Massachusetts and Harvard College.
Eliot worked at Harvard as a philosophy assistant for a year and afterwards, moved to Paris, where he attended the University of Paris, also known as the Sorbonne. In 1911, he returned to Harvard to study Indian philosophy and Sanskrit and was awarded a scholarship to study at Merton College, Oxford, which he accepted.
A year later, he left Merton and taught English at Birkbeck, University of London and also taught at, Highgate School, London and the Royal Grammar School in Buckinghamshire. In 1917, he took a job at Lloyds Bank in London and later on, left Lloyds to join Faber and Faber, a publishing firm, of which he eventually became a director. Eliot’s first collection of poetry, “Prufrock and other Observations”, was published in 1917 followed by “Ara Vos Prec” in 1920 and “The Waste Land” in 1922. His most notable work, “Four Quartets” was published individually over a six-year period, for which he was awarded with the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948. Eliot also earned a reputation as a playwright for his plays, which were mostly comedies or plays with redemptive endings.
Throughout his career as a poet, playwright, essayist and critic, Eliot has earned several awards and accolades, which includes the Order of Merit, awarded by King George VI and the Nobel Prize in Literature, both in 1948, the Presidential Medal of Freedom (1964), 13 honorary doctorate and a college named after him at the University of Kent, England.
Eliot passed away on January 4, 1965 in Kensington, London and was cremated at Golders Green Crematorium. He was later honored with a stone on the floor, which was inscribed with his life dates, the Order of Merit and one of his quotations, in Poets’ Corner in Westminster Abbey, London.
Poetry: The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, Portrait of a Lady, The Waste Land, The Hollow Men
Plays: Murder in the Cathedral, The Cocktail Party
“The very existence of libraries affords the best evidence that we may yet have hope for the future of man” – T S Eliot
Fun book to read
McElligot’s Pool – Dr. Seuss
Book of the week
The Man Booker Prize
The Man Booker Prize is an award given to a variety of authors every year for their unique stories. It’s mainly for the English language books that have been published in UK. This prize was first awarded in 1969 by Man Group by the name Booker-McConnell Prize. The award ceremony held for this prize is usually held at the Guildhall in London. This year’s ceremony will be held on October 13.
The Shortlist of 2015
Marlon James – A Brief History of Seven
Tom McCarthy – Satin Island
Chigozie Obioma – The Fishermen
Sunjeev Sahota – The Year of the Runaways Anne Tyler – A Spool of Blue Thread
Hanya Yanagihara – A Little Life
Calling out all the Bookworms across the country!
Welcome to Creative Corner where all creativity and fun exist. Each week we’re giving you the opportunity to write a short story or a poem related to the given topic and the best story or poem will be featured in our page next week (or the week after). So grab your pens, notebooks and thinking caps and let your imagination do the rest. And don’t forget to send it to The Nation when you’re done.
Happy writing Bookworms!
Topic : The Paper Airplane
Deadline : October 14