The Waste Land and Other Poems

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The Waste Land and Other Poems by T. S. Eliot, read by Edoardo Ballerini
Centenary Edition

To mark the centenary of the publication of The Waste Land, by T. S. Eliot, Faber & Faber, in association with the T. S. Eliot Foundation, commissioned this new recording of T. S. Eliot’s major poems, narrated by Edoardo Ballerini. Ballerini is widely regarded as the brightest star of the audiobook era, one of the finest narrators of literature today.

Originally Published in 1922, The Waste Land was the most revolutionary poem of its time, offering a devastating vision of modern civilisation that has lost none of its power.

Poems in this recording:
The Love Song of J.Alfred Prufrock
Portrait of a Lady
The ‘Boston Evening Transcript’
The Waste Land
The Hollow Men
Journey of the Magi

Thomas Stearns Eliot was born in St Louis, Missouri, in 1888. He settled in England in 1915 and published his first book of poems in 1917. He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948. Eliot died in 1965.

‘Each year Eliot’s presence reasserts itself at a deeper level, to an audience that is surprised to find itself more chastened, more astonished, more humble.’ Ted Hughes

The New York Times has called Edoardo Ballerini ‘the Vladimir Horowitz of . . . audiobooks’. The son of the poet Luigi Ballerini, he has recorded, to great acclaim, Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, Karl Ove Knausgaard’s My Struggle and Tolstoy’s War and Peace, among many others.

Edoardo Ballerini has won the US Audiobook Publishers Association’s Best Male Narrator ‘Audie’ Award twice and is the only narrator to be profiled by the New York Times Magazine, which called him ‘A master in his field . . . at the forefront of a new kind of celebrity.’ He is also a frequent narrator of ‘Sunday Reads’ for The Daily, the New York Times‘ podcast, reaching audiences of over two million listeners, and of ‘Sleep Stories’ for the popular Calm app, which has over fifty million downloads.


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