9 December 2020
T.S. Eliot (1888-1965)
The Waste Land. 1922
ELIOT, T.S. (1888-1965). ‘The Waste Land.’ In: The Criterion. A Quarterly Review, Volume I, No. I, pp.50-64. London: R. Cobden Sanderson, October 1922.
First appearance of the poem in print, issued here some two months before its first appearance in book form. The poem as it is presented in The Criterion does not include the dedication to Ezra Pound or the various footnotes which would be added later and which, according to Eliot, ‘became the remarkable exposition of bogus scholarship that is still on view today’ (The Frontiers of Criticism, 1956). The Criterion was a literary periodical founded by T. S. Eliot in 1922, with the financial backing of Lady Rothermere, and edited by Eliot until its final issue in 1939. This first issue also includes a review of James Joyce’s Ulysses, which had been published earlier in the same year. Gallup C135.
Octavo (228 x 145mm). Original wrappers lettered in red and black (light soiling, spine slightly darkened, extremities somewhat rubbed and nicked).
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