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The Australian winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1973 Patrick White was born in London in 1912.



The winner of the 2005 Nobel Prize for Literature, Harold Pinter was born in London in 1930. He died in London on Christmas Eve 2008. He is buried at Kensal Green Cemetery.

Harold Pinter
Poetry Archive



The winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1932 John Galsworthy, died at Hampstead in 1933. He had lived in Admiral's Walk since 1918.

John Galsworthy



The American-born winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1948 T.S. Eliot, who wrote the poem The Waste Land, settled in London in 1915 and died at his home 3 Kensington Court Gardens in 1965. His ashes were interred in the church at East Coker in Somerset.

T.S. Eliot
Academy of American Poets: T.S. Eliot
Poetry Archive


Footfalls echo in the memory
Down the passage which we did not take
Towards the door we never opened
Into the rose-garden. My words echo
Thus, in your mind.

Four Quartets - Burnt Norton (1935)

Human kind
Cannot bear very much reality.

Four Quartets - Burnt Norton (1935)



Twice Prime Minister in 1940-45 and 1951-55, Winston Churchill died at his London residence at 28 Hyde Park Gate in 1965. He was buried at Bladon near his birthplace Blenheim Place in Oxfordshire. Churchill took over from Neville Chamberlain in 1940 as the first Prime Minister since the Duke of Wellington to have experienced combat themselves.

Although his leadership was seen as a major factor in the Allied victory in World War Two, he lost the election held in 1945. Undaunted he remained in politics and at the age of 77 became Prime Minister for a second time. In 1953 he was awarded the
Nobel Prize for Literature for his historical and biographical writings.

Winston Churchill
Winston Churchill
Why Churchill lost the 1945 election
Second World War


The empires of the future are the empires of the mind.

(Speech at Harvard, 1943)

To jaw-jaw is always better than to war-war.
(Speech at the White House, 1954)



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