Revisiting the waste land by Lawrence Rainey

By Lawrence Rainey

This groundbreaking booklet of literary detective paintings alters our knowing of T. S. Eliot’s poetic masterpiece, The Waste Land. Lawrence Rainey not just resolves longstanding mysteries surrounding the composition of the poem but in addition overturns conventional interpretations of the poem that experience prevailed for greater than 80 years. He shines new gentle on Eliot’s maximum fulfillment and at the poem’s position within the glossy canon.
Far from the austere and sober monument to neoclassicism that admirers have praised, The Waste Land turns out to be whatever really diverse: whatever grim and wild, unruly and intractable, violent and surprising and substantially indeterminate, but additionally deeply compassionate. Rainey seems at how Eliot went approximately writing the poem and on the series within which he composed the components. Arriving at new insights into the poet’s intentions, Rainey unsettles tradition-bound perspectives of the poem and indicates us that The Waste Land is even stranger and extra startling than we knew.

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Copyright Law and except by reviewers for the public press), without written permission from the publishers. Set in Scala by Duke & Company, Devon, Pennsylvania. Printed in the United States of America. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Revisiting The waste land / Lawrence Rainey. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 0-300-10707-2 (alk. paper) 1. Eliot, T. S. (Thomas Stearns), 1888–1965. Waste land. I. Title. 912—dc22 2004017255 A catalogue record for this book is available from the British Library.

For 16 letters included in Valerie Eliot’s edition, the text was taken from published transcriptions, the originals being no longer extant (chiefly letters to the editors of periodicals); for another 13 letters, the originals turned out to be held in private collections that could not be consulted. In addition, there are 6 letters for which the originals have been lost since they were first located by Mrs. 10 In short, there were 37 published letters whose originals I could not examine, leaving 472 of the published letters whose originals I consulted.

Lausanne, he wrote on 4 December, was a “very quiet town, except when children come downhill on scooters over the cobbles. Mostly banks and chocolate shops” (LOTSE, 490). But it was there, amid “banks and chocolate shops,” that Eliot finished his draft of The Waste Land. Now, having set out the parameters of Eliot’s movements from June through December of 1921, we can turn to the remaining strata of his manuscripts. MORE PAPER TIGERS The fifth stratum of materials for The Waste Land comprises five documents.

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