erwin welsch wrote:
> This is certainly what Eliot said, but as with some of his other later
> comments about his work, perhaps not what was accurate. According to, "The
> Price of Modernism: Publishing The Waste Land," in the book Lawrence Rainey
> edited, Institutions of Modernism: Literary Elites and Public Culture (Yale,
> 1998), the notes were intended to be published and were not as Eliot later
> described them.
In the quote Eliot said that the notes were originally to be published.
These were probably just the "v." and "cf." notes.
> I had at first intended only to put down all the references for my
> quotations, with a view to spiking the guns of critics of my earlier
> poems who had accused me of plagiarism.
Later he must have put in the filler notes. Republishing
as part of TWL must have seemed like a good way to do it.
> Then, when it came time to print
> The Waste Land as a little book--for the poem on its first appearance in
> The Dial and in The Criterion had no notes whatever--it was discovered
> that the poem was inconveniently short, so I set to work to expand the
> notes, in order to provide a few more pages of printed matter, ...