The Waste Land

A Biography of a Poem

Matthew Hollis author

Format:Hardback

Publisher:Faber & Faber

Published:20th Oct '22

£25.00

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The Waste Land cover

Eliot's celebrated poem The Waste Land on its centenary.

'A rattling good story' Sunday Telegraph
'A work of art' Times Literary Supplement

The Waste Land
has been called the 'World's Greatest Poem'.

** Chosen as a New Statesman, Financial Times, Observer and Sunday Times Book of the Year **

A riveting account of the making of T. S. Eliot's celebrated poem The Waste Land on its centenary.

'A rattling good story' Sunday Telegraph
'A work of art' Times Literary Supplement

The Waste Land
has been called the 'World's Greatest Poem'. It is said to describe the moral decay of a world after war, to find meaning in a meaningless era. It has been labelled the most truthful poem of its time; it has been branded a masterful fake. A century after its publication in 1922, T. S. Eliot's enigmatic masterpiece remains one of the most influential works ever written, and yet one of the most mysterious.

In a remarkable feat of biography, Matthew Hollis reconstructs the intellectual creation of the poem and brings the material reality of its charged times vividly to life. Presenting a mosaic of historical fragments, diaries, dynamic literary criticism and illuminating new research, he reveals the cultural and personal trauma that forged The Waste Land through the lives of its protagonists - of Ezra Pound, who edited it; of Vivien Eliot, who sustained it; and of T. S. Eliot himself, whose private torment is woven into the seams of the work. The result is an unforgettable story of lives passing in opposing directions and the astounding literary legacy they would leave behind.

ISBN: 9780571297214

Dimensions: 234mm x 153mm x 39mm

Weight: 807g

544 pages

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