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Eliot's childhood in St Louis was formal and he was a shy boy.

A new biography of TS Eliot by Robert Crawford, abridged by Katrin Williams, is published to mark 50 years since the poet's death:

1. Childhood in St Louis, where Tom's life is cosseted and formal at Locust Street, and where the 'hurricane' 1896 will have an influence on the future poet's work..

Readers Tom Mannion and David Acton

Producer Duncan Minshull.

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At Harvard, Eliot was a diligent scholar. But he was also lured by the charms of Paris.

A new biography of TS Eliot by Robert Crawford, and abridged by Katrin Williams, is published to mark 50 years since the poet's death:

2. Harvard means serious study for Tom, some after-hours jollity, and a love of

French decadent poetry. Then he heads for Paris..

Readers Tom Mannion and David Acton

Producer Duncan Minshull.

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Tom leaves Harvard for Merton College, Cambridge, where he meets his future wife Vivienne.

new biography of TS Eliot by Robert Crawford, abridged by Katrin Williams, is published to mark 50 years since the poet's death:

3. In 1914 Tom leaves Harvard for Merton College Cambridge, to further his studies, refine his poetry, and here he meets his future wife Vivienne..

Reader Tom Mannion

Producer Duncan Minshull.

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Time spent in Bosham, then London, where lines for The Waste Land begin to take shape.

A new biography of TS Eliot by Robert Crawford, abridged by Katrin Williams, is published to mark 50 years since the poet's death:

4. Time spent in Bosham. Then in London Tom becomes a bank employee. Then lines for The Waste Land begin to take shape..

Readers Tom Mannion and David Acton

Producer Duncan Minshull.

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A new biography of TS Eliot by Robert Crawford, abridged by Katrin Williams, is published to mark 50 years since the poet's death:

5. Tom still works in the bank, but his verse is published by Virginia Woolf and he dines with James Joyce in Paris. Then comes The Waste Land..

Readers Tom Mannion and David Acton.

Producer Duncan Minshull.

Tom still works in the bank, but he is mixing with other literary greats of the age.