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The Criterion, which published The Waste Land

Matthew Sweet and guests on the influence, that continues to this day, of the literary magazine The Criterion, which published TS Eliot's The Waste Land, and Proust, and Yeats.

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2. The Criterion. T. S. Eliot founded this literary magazine in which The Waste Land first appeared. It contained new voices - but some were speaking in the language of the dead. The Criterion also published Yeats and Proust, who were both interested in the occult, auras and voices from other worlds. Matthew Sweet explores some of the forgotten preoccupations of Modernism, such as the trauma of war, dirt, pollution and mysticism, that are still potent a century later, with writer Gary Lachman and critics including Lisa Mullen and Xine Yao.

Producer: Eliane Glaser

Readings: Neil McCaul and Michael Begley

Photograph courtesy of The Manhattan Rare Book Company

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14 minutes


  • Tue 25 Jan 2022 13:45
  • Sun 27 Mar 2022 14:45