The Waste Land - A Norton Critical Edition / Edition 1

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The text of Eliot’s 1922 masterpiece is accompanied by thorough explanatory annotations as well as by Eliot’s own knotty notes, some of which require annotation themselves.
For ease of reading, this Norton Critical Edition presents The Waste Land as it first appeared in the American edition (Boni & Liveright), with Eliot’s notes at the end. "Contexts" provides readers with invaluable materials on The Waste Land’s sources, composition, and publication history. "Criticism" traces the poem’s reception with twenty-five reviews and essays, from first reactions through the end of the twentieth century. Included are reviews published in the Times Literary Supplement, along with selections by Virginia Woolf, Gilbert Seldes, Edmund Wilson, Elinor Wylie, Conrad Aiken, Charles Powell, Gorham Munson, Malcolm Cowley, Ralph Ellison, John Crowe Ransom, I. A. Richards, F. R. Leavis, Cleanth Brooks, Delmore Schwartz, Denis Donoghue, Robert Langbaum, Marianne Thormählen, A. D. Moody, Ronald Bush, Maud Ellman, and Tim Armstrong. A Chronology and Selected Bibliography are included.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Written when Eliot was working as a bank clerk and heavily edited by his friend Ezra Pound, 1922's The Waste Land could probably take the prize as the most important English-language poem of the 20th century. This 75th-anniversary edition includes the full text plus notes and an afterword by scholar/editor Christopher Ricks.
Prints the first American edition (Boni & Liveright) of Eliot's most important work, accompanied by the editor's detailed annotations. Eliot's own notoriously inscrutable notes, placed at the end, are also annotated. The abundant explanatory material includes background on the poem's sources, composition, and publication history as well as 25 critical reviews and essays. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393974997
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/28/2000
  • Series: Norton Critical Editions Series
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 226,826
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

T. S. Eliot (1888–1965) was one of the fathers of modernism and a defining voice in English-language poetry. He is the author of some of the best known poems in the English language, including "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," The Waste Land, "Ash Wednesday," and Four Quartets. The leading poet of the modernist avant-garde, Eliot radically reimagined the possibilities for literature in the twentieth century and beyond, and was also renowned as a playwright and as a literary and social critic. Eliot's books of criticism include The Sacred Wood, while his theatrical works include Murder in the Cathedral. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1948.

Michael North is Professor of English at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is the author of The Dialect of Modernism: Race, Language, and Twentieth-Century Literature, The Final Sculpture: Public Monuments and Modern Poets, Reading 1922: A Return to the Scene of the Modern, The Political Aesthetic of Yeats, Eliot, and Pound, and Henry Green and the Writing of His Generation, as well as many articles on various aspects of twentieth-century literature.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix
A Note on the Text xi
The Text of The Waste Land 1
Eliot's Notes to The Waste Land 21
The King of the Wood 29
The Influence of the Sexes on Vegetation 30
The Killing of the Divine King 31
[Adonis and Christ] 32
[The Grail Legend] 35
[The Grail Quest] 36
[The Tarot Pack] 37
The Fisher King 38
[The Perilous Chapel] 38
[Conclusion] 39
[Madame Sosostris] 40
To the Reader 42
The Seven Old Men 43
[Cornelia's Dirge from The White Devil] 45
[The Blinding of Tiresias] 46
[The Story of Tereus and Philomela] 46
That Shakespearian Rag 51
The Fire-Sermon 54
From Prothalamion 55
[Olivia's Song from The Vicar of Wakefield] 57
[Elizabeth and Leicester] 57
From Confessions 58
From The King James Bible [The Road to Emmaus] 59
[The Extra Man] 60
[The Downfall of Europe] 60
From Brihadaranyaka Upanishad The Three Great Disciplines 62
From Pervigilium Veneris 63
From The Spanish Tragedie 64
Composition and Publication
[The Composition of The Waste Land] 67
The Waste Land: Paris 1922 72
The Price of Modernism: Publishing The Waste Land 89
Eliot on the Waste Land
[The Disillusionment of a Generation] 112
[A Piece of Rhythmical Grumbling] 112
[On the Waste Land Notes] 112
[Allusions to Dante] 113
Eliot: Essays and London Letters
From Tradition and the Individual Talent 114
From Hamlet 120
From The Metaphysical Poets 121
Ulysses, Order, and Myth 128
The True Church and the Nineteen Churches 131
[The Rite of Spring and The Golden Bough] 131
Reviews and First Reactions
[Eliot Chants The Waste Land] 137
Times Literary Supplement [Mr. Eliot's Poem] 137
T. S. Eliot 138
The Poetry of Drouth 140
Mr. Eliot's Slug-Horn 145
An Anatomy of Melancholy 148
Time Shantih, Shantih, Shantih 153
Times Literary Supplement [A Zig-Zag of Allusion] 153
[So Much Waste Paper] 156
The Esotericism of T. S. Eliot 156
[The Dilemma of The Waste Land] 163
[The Waste Land and Jazz] 166
The New Criticism
Waste Lands 167
The Poetry of T. S. Eliot 170
[The Significance of the Modern Waste Land] 173
The Waste Land: An Analysis 185
T. S. Eliot as the International Hero 210
Reconsiderations and New Readings
The Word within a Word 216
The Walking Dead 230
[The City in The Waste Land] 235
A Cure for a Crisis of Civilisation? 240
Unknown Terror and Mystery 246
A Sphinx without a Secret 258
Corpse, Monument, Hypocrite Lecteur: Text and Transference in the Reception of The Waste Land 275
Eliot's Waste Paper 286
T. S. Eliot: A Chronology 293
Selected Bibliography 297
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2003

    the wast land

    this poem was written accuratly ,expressing the review of T.S ELIOT of the modern progress and development .and bad things which it had done . i love this poem very much and i studeid it in my collage .

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