Poet and Nobel Laureate T.S. Eliot was born Sep. 26, 1888 in St. Louis, Missouri. He became a British subject in 1927 - the same year that he converted to the Anglican Church. Increasingly conservative and bloated with self-importance as his life progressed, occasionally anti-Semitic and regularly misogynist, T.S. Eliot is not a person I am ever comfortable celebrating - yet his poetry is rich and full of manifold meanings far beyond those of ideology.
Photo: George Platt Lynes, c. 1950 - gelatin silver print (NPG, London)