T. S. Eliot

The Waste Land

A Facsimile and Transcript of the Original Drafts Including the Annotations of Ezra Pound

Edited and with an Introduction by
Valerie Eliot

Copyright © 1971 Valerie Eliot

A Harvest book
Harcourt Brace & Company
San Diego   New York   London

The blurb on the back of the book:

When the New York Public Library announced in October 1968 that its Berg Collection had acquired the original manuscript of The Waste Land, one of the most puzzling mysteries of twentieth-century literature was solved. The manuscript was not lost, as had been believed, but had remained among the papers of John Quinn, Eliot's friend and adviser, who had received it from the poet in 1922. If the discovery of the manuscript was startling, its content was even more so, because the published version of The Waste Land was considerably shorter than the original. How it was reduced and edited is clearly revealed on the manuscript thought the handwritten notes of Ezra Pound, Eliot himself and his first wife.

In this book each page of the original manuscript has been reproduced in facsimile, with a clear transcript on the facing page. Mrs. Valerie Eliot, the poet's widow, has meticulously written a revealing introduction that is, as well, a biographical study. The text of the first published version of The Waste Land is also included, thus completing the evolution of the most influential poem in modern liteature.

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Eliot, T. S. (Thomas Stearns), 1888-1965.
The waste land: a facsimile and transcript of the original drafts
including the annotations of Ezra Pound / edited by Valerie Eliot.
p.     cm. -- (A Harvest book)
Includes bibliographical references
ISBN 0-15-694870-2
I. Eliot, Valerie.     II. Title
PS3509.L43W3     1994
821'.912 -- dc20 94-16082

Printed in the United States of America


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