"he was most worried about T. S. Eliot"
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Born in America, English poet Thomas Stearns Eliot (1888-1965) felt himself more aligned with contemporary artists and works from the States than from Great Britain. Ezra Pound was influential in the success of Eliot's work in more ways than one. Not only did he provide financial support for Eliot, who took a job with Lloyds Bank in London in 1917, but as overseas editor for Poetry magazine he also helped to secure publication for Eliot's first major work, 'The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock' (1915). Perhaps most vital, however, was Pound's assistance in editing Eliot's epic modernist poem The Waste Land. The published version (1922) was approximately half the length of the original manuscript. T. S. Eliot was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1948.