"Burnt Norton"

T.S. Eliot reads the first part of his famed work "Four Quartets"

Published March 22, 2001 9:04PM (EST)

T.S. Eliot (1888-1965) was born in St. Louis, Mo. He settled in London in 1915 and became a British citizen in 1927. Encouraged by Ezra Pound, he began publishing his work in 1915 and soon established himself as an important voice of the modern world. In 1948 Eliot was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature. His works include "Murder in the Cathedral," "The Waste Land" and "Four Quartets."

Harper's magazine calls Eliot "one of the great readers-aloud of this century." "We have been educated by T.S. Eliot long enough," says poet Richard Howard. "It is time we listened to him."

In the following excerpt Eliot reads "Burnt Norton," the first part of "Four Quartets," taken from the HarperAudio release "T.S. Eliot Reads."

By Salon Staff

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