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As I've noted elsewhere, Prufrock (originally with o-umlaut) is a German name, found in a town heavy in German-immigrant population, viz., St. Louis. If you use an international white pages directory, you can find Pruefrocks in (mainly) Germany. I could not find a single Prufrock in Britain, and very few in the US.
 
T. Stearns Eliot derives, I think, from British name-spelling convention, occurring often when the last name is common, as in Smith. For instance, I once corresponded with the wife of poet Ronald Bottrall, whose maiden surname was Saumarez Smith [no hyphen].
 
I seem to recall TSE had a bronze nameplate, which he once used either at the Advocate or at Faber & Faber (or both). I forget where he obtained the plaque, however.  --  Best,  --  Jim
 
James Loucks, Ph.D.
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From: T. S. Eliot Discussion forum. on behalf of Peter Montgomery
Sent: Mon 26-Sep-05 9:23 PM
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T. Stearns Eliot
J. Alfred Prufrock

Something upper class about that?

Cheers,
Peter

Loucks, James wrote:

> TSE himself used that moniker before (and maybe once after) settling
> on TSE.  --  Jim
> 
> James Loucks, Ph.D.
> Ohio State University-Newark
> 1179 University Dr.
> Newark, OH 43055-1797
> [log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>
> 740.366.9423
> fax 740.366.5047
> 
>
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> *From:* T. S. Eliot Discussion forum. on behalf of Marcia Karp
> *Sent:* Mon 26-Sep-05 7:07 PM
> *To:* [log in to unmask]
> *Subject:* Re: T. Stearns Eliot
>
> "Morris, Craig" wrote:
>
> >Eliot's poetry on the whole strikes me as repulsive and yet there are
> >images and verses that are more compelling than any other words I have
> >read. If anyone can articulate why Eliot is worth studying (with a 16/17
> >year old audience in mind) I would be grateful for your thoughts.
> >
> >
>
> Dear Craig,
>     I'm assuming you are the teacher. Why would you want to teach poems
> whose worth you can't demonstrate?  Poems aren't vitamin pills.
>     What about worth reading?
>
>     Where was Eliot ever referred to as T. Sterns Eliot?
>
> Best,
> Marcia
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