Prufrock, and other observations by T S Eliot

Description

This is the cover of the first edition of T S Eliot’s collection of poems Prufrock and Other Observations, which was published by the Egoist Press in 1917 in an edition of 500. It contains Eliot’s well-known poem ‘The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock’, a dramatic monologue written in stream of consciousness style which is considered to be one of the founding texts exploring modernist themes and aesthetics.

Eliot probably wrote ‘The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock’ between 1910 and 1911. The poem had previously appeared in Poetry: A Magazine of Verse in 1915, after it was recommended for publication by Ezra Pound. Pound, who had met Eliot in Oxford and was greatly impressed by his work, became Eliot’s mentor during the early years of his career.

For more T S Eliot content explore works published by Faber & Faber

Full title:
Prufrock, and other observations
Published:
1917, Oakley House, Bloomsbury Street, London
Publisher:  
The Egoist
Format:
Booklet
Creator:
T S Eliot
Usage terms

© Estate of T. S. Eliot. You may not use the material for commercial purposes. Please credit the copyright holder when reusing this work.

Held by
British Library
Shelfmark:
Cup.403.z.10.

Full catalogue details

Related articles

'The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock': fragmentation, interruption and fog

Article by:
Roz Kaveney
Themes:
Capturing and creating the modern, Literature 1900–1950

Roz Kaveney considers 'The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock' as a poem that both grapples with the modern world and looks back to the work of writers such as Dante, Robert Browning, Henry James and Stéphane Mallarmé.

A close reading of 'The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock'

Article by:
Seamus Perry
Themes:
Literature 1900–1950, Capturing and creating the modern

The speaker of 'The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock' is trapped in his own mind, so full of hesitation and doubt that he is unable to act. Seamus Perry explores the poem's portrayal of paralysing anxiety.

Presences in The Waste Land

Article by:
Seamus Perry
Themes:
Capturing and creating the modern, Literature 1900–1950

T S Eliot's The Waste Land is full of references to other literary works. Seamus Perry takes a look at four of the most important literary presences in the poem: Shakespeare, Dante, James Joyce and William Blake.

Related collection items

Related people

Related works

'The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock'

Created by: T S Eliot

‘The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock’ is a poem by the poet and critic T S Eliot, and a key document of ...