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Title: The Waste Land <>Binding: Paperback <>Author: T.S.Eliot <>Publisher: W.W.Norton&Company

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"April is the cruellest month, breeding / Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing / Memory and desire ..." So begins The Waste Land, T.S. Eliot's most famous, if not notorious, poem--a work which still surprises and excites with its technical ambition, its range and complexity, its startling images. One of the iconic works of Modernism and one of the great 20th-century poems in English, The Waste Land places the spiritual emptiness of modern urban existence within an intricate, allusive montage which draws on history, literature, myth, and world religions: "These fragments I have shored against my ruins". Difficult, yes, but also powerful: you don't need to get the references to get the poetry.

Eliot was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and studied at Harvard and the Sorbonne in Paris before settling in London (the city that provided much of the urban detail of his post-1920 writing): a shift evidenced by his repeated allusions to the European literary inheritance (from Dante to Baudelaire and beyond) and by his refusal of the American poetic sensibility of writers like William Carlos Williams. The result was a body of writing both curiously nostalgic for a sense of "tradition" and highly inventive, suffused with an acute and perceptive sense of contemporary life and the anxieties of turn-of-the-century modernity.

This selection of his verse is a useful introduction to the range of his poetics, from the early pieces which bear the influence of French symbolist poets--most notably Jules Laforgue--to the later works which are marked by his turn towards Christianity. The nervous, amourous hesitancy delineated in "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock"; the memory fragments of "Gerontion"; the impressionistic canvas of "Landscapes: II. Virginia" ("Red river, red river / Slow flow heat is silence ...")--all give ample evidence that Eliot's poetry is always worth revisiting. --Burhan Tufail

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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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