The Wasteland by T.S. Eliot: One Hundred Years After

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The Wasteland by T. S. Eliot: One Hundred Years After

            The Waste Land, published in 1922, expresses with great power the disillusionment and disgust of the period after World War I.  In a series of fragmentary vignettes, loosely linked by the legend of the search for the Grail, it portrays a sterile world of panicky fears and barren lusts and of human beings waiting for some sign or promise of redemption. The depiction of spiritual emptiness in the secularized city is not a simple contrast of the heroic past with the degraded present; it is rather a timeless, simultaneous awareness of moral grandeur and moral evil.

Part I:  Introduction and Reading (by Jeremy Irons and Eileen Atkins)