The Waste Land (Liveright Classics) 1st Edition, Kindle Edition
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Unfortunately, many of Eliot's references are arcane, and not easy for the lay reader to pursue. For example, few modern readers happen to have a copy of Webster's play "White Devil" or excerpts from Shackleton's account of the Antarctic expedition readily available on their shelves. Hence, the virtue of this particular edition: in addition to Eliot's original poem and original notes, this book includes the relevant passages from every single work Eliot quotes in the "Wasteland", all translated into English. For the first time I have seen in print, this book allows the reader to understand this magnificent poem in light of the full scope of its allusions. A triumphant achievement!
For me, "The Waste Land" is all about a society in the absence of God, and life's meaning short of original thoughts. Once you become an Eliot enthusiast, you can't return to ignorance of the media-created culture and social leveling and political abstractionism.
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