I wonder how one concludes from Eliot's letter of 26 February 1922 to
Maurice Firuski with the phrase "some notes that I intend to add, etc. ..."
refers only to v. and cf. notes? Rainey, a cautious writer, does suggest
that the notes--however the term is defined--were integral to the poem from
the start. That is an important concept for consideration of TWL. Since
Eliot did not make that clear in his later comment, perhaps it was he who
was not being accurate.
Rainey also suggests that Eliot was duplicitous in seeking various, and
sometimes conflicting, publishing outlets during 1922. But that is another
----- Original Message -----
From: "Rickard A. Parker" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Friday, May 10, 2002 6:39 PM
Subject: Re: Printing of Eliot's work
> 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,
> > Price of Modernism: Publishing The Waste Land," in the book Lawrence
> > edited, Institutions of Modernism: Literary Elites and Public Culture
> > 1998), the notes were intended to be published and were not as Eliot
> > 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, ...
> Rick Parker