Install

Get the latest updates as we post them — right on your browser

. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

'Lost' Eliot Verses To Be Published

LONDON -- A collection of lost works by T.S. Eliot, including bawdy verses likely to explode any perception of the great poet as a dry academic, will be published for the first time next month.


The poems come from a notebook which Eliot sold for $140 to his patron, the New York lawyer John Quinn, in 1922, a few months before "The Waste Land" was published.


Eliot said the verses "ought never to be printed," but a spokeswoman for Faber and Faber, the London publishing house where Eliot was once poetry editor, said publication of the "lost" works had now been approved by the poet's widow, Valerie.


The early poems include an early version of "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" and a selection of lewd poems, including verses about a jolly tinker with an outsized sexual organ and a salacious poem about the voyage of Christopher Columbus, which also contains references to blacks likely to reawaken charges of racism levelled at Eliot.