Prufrock, and other observations by T S Eliot


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.

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Prufrock, and other observations
1917, Oakley House, Bloomsbury Street, London
The Egoist
T S Eliot
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