The Waste Land: A Facsimile and Transcript of the Original Drafts, Including the Annotations of Ezra Pound
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
, 1974 - Poetry
- 149 pages
When the New York Public Library announced in October 1968 that its Berg Collection had acquired the original manuscript of "The Waste Land, " one of the most puzzling mysteries of twentieth-century literature was solved. The mansucript was not lost, as had been believed, but had remained among the papers of John Quinn, Eliot's friend and adviser, who had received it from the poet in 1922. If the discovery of the manuscript was startling, its content was ever more so, because the published version of "The Waste Land" was considerably shorter than the original. How it was reduced and edited is clearly revealed on the manuscript through the handwritten notes of Ezra Pound, Eliot himself, and his first wife.