The Annotated Waste Land with Eliot’s Contemporary Prose
T. S. Eliot, Lawrence Rainey
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Newly revised and in paperback for the first time, this definitive, annotated edition of T. S. Eliot’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.
“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.”-Adam Kirsch, New Criterion
“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.”-Publishers Weekly
“”The Annotated Waste Land is a nearly indispensable tool for scholars and students alike. With clear, balanced, and well-written scholarship, Lawrence Rainey soothes, with knowledge, our anxiety about approaching Eliot’s famously difficult poem and allows us much easier access to the poem’s greatness. I raced through the book, cover to cover, with pleasure and profit, and I will, I’m sure, return to it frequently.”-Andrew Hudgins, author of “After the Lost War””
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