T.S. Eliot (1888 – 1965)

While best known as a poet, Mr. Eliot was known to have made significant contributions to the field of literary criticism, until he was accused of interweaving quotations from other authors into his work, to which Eliot politely responded, ''Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal; bad poets deface what they take, and good poets make it into something better . . . , bitches.''