As his domestic woes continued (Vivienne was eventually committed to a mental hospital), Eliot became more religious, orthodox, and conservative, increasingly disappointing fans of his earlier work.
The second half of his career was spent mostly on plays and essays, and he wrote no major poems after World War II.
In 1925, Eliot was made literary editor of Faber & Gwyer (later Faber & Faber).
He drew coloser to Christianity, and in 1927 he was baptised into the Church of England. In the 1930s, Eliot focused less on his own writing and became primarily a cultural critic. MS 48974, British Library, St Pancras Letters to Margaret Nason of the Bindery tea shop, dep.
The first collection of his poetry, Prufrock and Other Observations, published two years later with financial assistance from Pound, established Eliot as one of the leading poets of his day.
Eliot also found steady employment in 1917 at Lloyds Bank, and the financial stability afforded him the freedom to work on both poetry and literary criticism.Three years later, he left Lloyds Bank and joined the publishing house of Faber where he would stay for the rest of his career.In 1927, Eliot became a British citizen and also joined the Church of England.Bertrand Russell introduced Eliot to Lady Ottoline Morrell and the people surrounding Garsington Manor such as Aldous Huxley, D. Lawrence, Leonard and Virginia Woolf, Roger Fry, James Joyce and, later, Mulk Raj Anand.In office where they would often talk about religion and writing.He graduated from Smith Academy, St Louis, in 1905 before studying for a year at Milton Academy, outside Boston, and eventually following his brother to Harvard in 1906.He attained a BA in Comparative Literature in 1909 and an MA in English literature in 1910.There, he immediately struck up a friendship with Conrad Aiken and Ezra Pound, and in 1915 he was introduced to Vivienne Haigh-Wood whom he married in June of that year.He spent the next years teaching in High Wycombe and Highgate, London, until his first book, (1922) consolidated his Modernist breakthrough.Eliot was awarded both the Order of Merit and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1948. In England, Eliot was introduced to Ezra Pound, an influential American-born poet and literary magazine editor.Other awards he received include the Presidential Medal of Freedom (1964) and a Tony Award for Best Play (1950, for The Cocktail Party). Pound recognized Eliot's genius immediately and helped publish his work.