Reading 'The Waste Land' / Edition 1

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Single most important study of T. S. Eliot to have appeared in the last twenty years. Essential reading.
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Library Journal
There is no doubt that The Waste Land has been one of the most (if not the most) influential poetical works of this century. As Brooker and Bentley point out, the poem has been a benchmark used by critical schools of thought to illustrate their own strengths and the weaknesses of other schools. Because of this, and because of the poem's lasting place in education and richness of theme and language, The Waste Land has and will endure. Among other things, the authors address problems of interpretation and the reasons why former notions of structure no longer apply to this complex work. Although the subject of the book is dense and multifaceted, the book itself is very readable. A valuable purchase for all academic libraries.-- John Budd, Graduate Lib. Sch., Univ. of Arizona, Tucson
Both a part-by-part analysis of the poem with periodic summations and a meditation on the limits of interpretation and the problematic nature of reading in the late twentieth century. Brooker (English, Eckerd College) and the late Joseph Bentley (English, U. of South Florida) argue that Eliot early on anticipated the basic insights of contemporary theory with regard to the manner in which modernist texts both insist upon and defeat interpretation. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780870238031
  • Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/1992
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 252
  • Product dimensions: 0.57 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

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