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Pssst: T.S. Eliot almost flunked out of Harvard

By Harriet Staff


An exhibit to mark the 100-year anniversary of T.S. Eliot’s graduation includes evidence that his record was less than stellar. The Boston Globe has details.

T.S. Eliot graduated from Harvard 100 years ago this month. To celebrate the occasion, the university dug up from its archives some of the poet’s personal effects and displayed them in the basement of the Houghton Library. A few of the items in the exhibit, which ended Saturday, were what a visitor would expect: for instance, an early copy of his famous poem “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.’’ But a handful of documents focused on a little-known fact: Eliot almost flunked out.

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Posted in Poetry News on Monday, June 28th, 2010 by Harriet Staff.