"The publication in 1922 of a long, fragmented, complex poem called The Waste Land in the British 'little' magazine Criterion... was a cultural and literary event... A generation of poets imitated it; others, seeking to escape its influence, could only proceed by inventing deliberate alternatives." -Norton
RARE FIRST PRINTING of one of the cornerstones of twentieth-century literature; one of only 600 copies printed.
This appearance in the inaugural issue of The Criterion, a journal created and edited by Eliot himself, preceded both the book edition and the printing in the American magazine The Dial.
In: The Criterion Volume 1, No. 1. London: R. Cobden-Sanderson, October, 1922. Octavo, original printed wrappers; original glassine (with tears). With rare subscription form for The Criterion laid in. A few spots of soiling to wrappers, edges a little rough. An exceptionally nice copy. RARE.