The Waste Land and Other Poems by T. S. Eliot is arguably the most influential and important book of poetry produced in the twentieth century.
Thomas Stearns Eliot was born in St Louis, Missouri in 1888. He was educated at Harvard, at the Sorbonne in Paris, and at Merton College, Oxford. His early poetry was profoundly influenced by the French symbolists, especially Baudelaire and Laforgue. In his academic studies he specialised in philosophy and logic. His doctoral thesis was on F. H. Bradley. He settled in England in 1915, the year in which he married Vivienne Haigh-Wood and also met his contemporary Ezra Pound for the first time. After teaching for a year or so he joined Lloyds Bank in the City of London in 1917, the year in which he published his first volume, Prufrock and Other Observations2. In 1919 Poems2 was hand-printed by Leonard and Virginia Woolf. His first collection of essays, The Sacred Wood2, appeared in 1920. His most famous work, The Waste Land2, was published in 1922, the same year as James Joyce's Ulysses2.
This slim volume contains many of Eliot's greatest hits, including the title pieces as well as "Portrait of a Lady," "Rhapsody on a Windy Night," "Gerontion," "Sweeney Among the Nightingales," and numerous others. Outstanding at this price.