The Waste Land

T. S. Eliot

A striking edition of this modernist masterpiece, published to coincide with the fiftieth anniversary of T. S. Eliot’s death.

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Published in 1922, The Waste Land was the most revolutionary poem of its time, offering a devastating vision of modern civilization between the two World Wars.

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'Each year Eliot's presence reasserts itself at a deeper level, to an audience that is surprised to find itself more chastened, more astonished, more humble.'

Ted Hughes
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'The Waste Land is one of the most important poems of the 20th century.'

Andrew Motion, Independent
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Eliot's Waste Land is I think the justification of the "movement", of our modern experiment, since 1900.

Ezra Pound, letter to Felix E. Schelling
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The Waste Land is unquestionably important, unquestionably brilliant . . . One of the most moving and original poems of our time.

Conrad Aiken, New Republic
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'The Waste Land is Mr Eliot's greatest achievement.'

E. M. Forster
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The Waste Land remains a great positive achievement, and one of the first importance for English poetry. In it a mind fully alive in the age compels a poetic triumph.

F. R. Leavis
T. S.Eliot

Thomas Stearns Eliot, poet, critic, publisher, was born in St Louis, Missouri, in 1888. He settled in England in 1915, where for a few years he worked in the foreign section of Lloyds Bank. His first book of poems, Prufrock and Other Observations, was published in 1917. In 1922, he became editor of the literary journal, The Criterion, publishing The Waste Land in its first…

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