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Valerie Eliot on ‘The Waste Land’ 


Unique material has surfaced from a BBC radio talk given by Valerie Eliot about The Waste Land, following the publication of her edition of its drafts and manuscripts. A few days before publication in 1971, Mrs Eliot recorded a four page typed talk with the help of two actors. It is described as “A dispassionate, detailed analysis of the draft of Eliot’s poem, section by section, dealing with Pound’s emendations, Vivien Eliot’s commentary and Eliot’s responses to their interventions in this previously mislaid manuscript. Valerie Eliot is quite definite in her explanation and sometimes with trenchant commentary on some of Pound’s interventions.”


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