"Eliot's first important publication, and the first masterpiece of 'modernism' in English, was 'The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.' Nothing like the first three lines of 'Prufrock' had previously appeared in English poetry. 'Prufrock' was the first poem by either of these revolutionists [Eliot and Pound] to go beyond experiment to achieve perfection. It represented a break with the immediate past as radical as that of Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth in Lyrical Ballads (1798)." -Allen Tate, Britannica
FIRST APPEARANCE OF ELIOT'S "PRUFROCK", a landmark event in modern poetry. This publication in the June 1915 issue of Poetry Magazine precedes the book edition by two years.
At the urging of Ezra Pound, the foreign editor of Poetry Magazine, Harriet Monroe agreed to include "Prufrock" by the unknown T.S. Eliot in the June issue of her magazine. It was Eliot's first publication of a poem outside of a school or university.
IN: Poetry Magazine, Vol VI, No. III. Edited by Harriet Monroe. Chicago: Seymour, Daughaday and Company, 1915. Octavo, original printed wrappers, text partially unopened; custom cloth box. Archivally repaired tear to top right of front wrapper; a little edgewear. RARE.