In this post, we share 10 T.S. Eliot quotes that have been used as book titles.
T.S. Eliot was a publisher, playwright, and literary critic. He is known as the most important English poet of the 20th century. Born an American, he was naturalised as a British subject in 1927.
In an article in The Guardian, John Mullan compiled a list of book titles that were taken from T.S. Eliot’s works.
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10 TS Eliot Quotes Used As Book Titles
- On the Beach by Neville Shute: ‘We grope together / And avoid speech / Gathered on this beach of the tumid river’. Its title is taken from The Hollow Men.
- Who Is the Third that Walks Beside You by William Burroughs: From the ‘What the Thunder Said’ section of The Waste Land.
- No Longer at Ease by Chinua Achebe: ‘We returned to our places, these Kingdoms, / But no longer at ease here, in the old dispensation, / With an alien people clutching their gods.’ Achebe’s novel takes its title from The Journey of the Magi.
- The Grass Is Singing by Doris Lessing: The title comes from The Waste Land: ‘In this decayed hole among the mountains / In the faint moonlight, the grass is singing.’
- The Skull Beneath the Skin by P.D. James: James’s whodunit gets its title from Eliot’s Whispers of Immortality. ‘WEBSTER was much possessed by death / And saw the skull beneath the skin … ’
- Time to Murder and Create by Lawrence Block: Block takes the title from The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock.
- The Wire in the Blood by Val McDermid: McDermid takes this one from The Four Quartets. ‘The trilling wire in the blood / Sings below inveterate scars.’
- Consider Phlebas by Iain M Banks: The title of Banks’s ‘space opera’ is taken from the fourth part of The Waste Land, ‘Death by Water’.
- A Cold Coming by Tony Harrison: The opening phrase of The Journey of the Magi is the title of Harrison’s poem.
- A Handful of Dust by Evelyn Waugh: Waugh’s novel takes its title from The Waste Land. ‘I will show you fear in a handful of dust.’
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