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Matthew Hollis

The Waste Land: A Biography of a Poem

Starts at: Saturday 04 November 3:45 PM
Finishes at: Saturday 04 November 4:45 PM
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Tickets: On Sale from Monday 31 July, 9:30 AM

Written over a century ago, The Waste Land was said to describe the moral decay of a world reeling from the Great War. In truth it encompasses a far larger canvas, as Hollis explains in this spellbinding work of literary criticism. Praised both as the most truthful poem of its time, yet condemned as a masterful fake, this is an epic poem of many layers, multiple themes and ultimate mystery. Matthew Hollis, professor, poet, author and academic, brings his extensive insight to this fascinating ‘biography’. Within its pages we discover a mosaic of historical fragments and illuminating new research, which reveals the cultural and personal trauma that forged The Waste Land through the lives of its protagonists: Ezra Pound, Vivien Eliot and TS Eliot himself, whose private torment is woven into the seams of the work.

‘This enigmatic masterpiece remains one of the most influential works ever written.’

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