The 22-cent stamp honoring poet and dramatist T.S. Eliot was issued on September 26, 1986, in St. Louis, Missouri. The stamp is the fifth issue in the Literary Arts Series, which was initiated in 1979 with the John Steinbeck commemorative. The design for the Eliot stamp is based on a photograph provided by the New York Times. Though he was also a prominent critic, editor, and dramatist, Eliot had his most profound influence on twentieth-century poetry, revolutionizing the art form and inspiring countless poets.