Synopses & Reviews
Newly revised and in paperback for the first time, this definitive, annotated edition of T. S. Eliotand#8217;s The Waste Land
includes as a bonus
all the essays Eliot wrote as he was composing his masterpiece. Enriched with period photographs, a London map of cited locations, groundbreaking information on the origins of the work, and full annotations, the volume is itself a landmark in literary history.
and#147;More than any previous editor, Rainey provides the reader with every resource that might help explain the genesis and significance of the poem. . . . The most imaginative and useful edition of The Waste Land ever published.and#8221;and#151;Adam Kirsch, New Criterion
and#147;For the student or for anyone who wants to get the maximum amount of information out of a foundational modernist work, this is the best available edition.and#8221;and#151;Publishers Weekly
The definitive edition of the most influential poem of the twentieth century
One of the twentieth century's most powerful--and controversial--works, The Waste Land waspublished in the desolate wake of the First World War. This definitive edition of T. S. Eliot's masterpiece presents a new and authoritative version of the poem, along with all the essays Eliot wrote as he was composing The Waste Land, seven of them never before published in book form. The volume is enriched with period photographs and a London map of locations mentioned in the poem.
Featured in the book are Lawrence Rainey's groundbreaking account of how The Waste Land cameto be composed; a history of the reactions of admirers and critics; and full annotations to the poem and Eliot's essays. The edition transforms our understanding of one of the greatest modernist writers and the magnificent poem that became a landmark in literary history.
This fifth volume of the collected letters of Nobel Prizeandndash;winning poet, playwright, essayist, and literary critic T. S. Eliot offers readers a fascinating, full-bodied view of the artist at a personal, professional, and spiritual crossroads. These correspondences, written during a period of great literary activity for The Waste Land author and soon after he dedicated himself in earnest to the Anglo-Catholic faith, reflect Eliotandrsquo;s newfound devotion to the Anglican Church, the continuing deterioration of his marriage to his wife Vivien, and his professional and personal dealings with James Joyce, George Orwell, W. H. Auden, Virginia Woolf, and others.
About the Author
(1926-2012), nandeacute;e Valerie Fletcher, was the second wife of T. S. Eliot. As his widow she coedited three previous volumes of his letters and sponsored the annual T. S. Eliot Prize.
John Haffenden is emeritus professor of English literature at the University of Sheffield and senior research fellow of the Institute of English Studies, University of London. He was general editor of volumes 1-4 of The Letters of T. S. Eliot.