"The years between fifty and seventy are the hardest. You are always being asked to do more, and you are not yet decrepit enough to turn them down."
-T.S. Eliot, Time, 10/23/1950
Eliot was 62 years old when Time published the above words. The American-British poet had long been revered for his keen observations on age and experience, even when he was a young man. His famous poem, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, was lauded for its portrayal of a frustrated middle-aged man. Eliot began writing Prufrock at the age of 22.
The photo above is from a roll taken by the photographer Ida Kar.