The Waste Land: A Biography of a Poem
The Waste Land: A Biography of a Poem
Matthew Hollis

The Waste Land: A Biography of a Poem



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Even a century after its publication, T. S. Eliot’s modernist masterpiece remains one of the most influential and enigmatic literary works in history. In this remarkable biography, Matthew Hollis reconstructs the intellectual creation of the poem, and through a mosaic of historical fragments, diaries, dynamic literary criticism, and illuminating new research, he reveals the cultural and personal trauma that forged ‘The Waste Land’.

Matthew Hollis is the author of ‘Ground Water’, the first poetry book to be shortlisted for the Guardian’s First Book Award, as well as making the shortlists for the Whitbread Poetry Award and the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. His other works include ‘Now All Roads Lead to France: The Last Years of Edward Thomas’, which was named Sunday Times Biography of the Year, and won the 2011 Costa Biography Award.

  • Publisher: Faber & Faber
  • Hardcover
  • Number of pages: 304 pages
  • Full colour images
  • ISBN: 978-0571297214