The Waste Land for iPad brings alive the most revolutionary poem of the last hundred years for a 21st Century audience. A wealth of interactive features illuminate T. S. Eliot's greatest work.
This digital edition carefully respects the typography and integrity of the original yet offers spectacular new ways to explore the significance and influence of the poem.
• watch a remarkable specially-filmed performance of the entire poem by Fiona Shaw, synchronised to the text
• listen to complete audio readings of the poem, also synchronised to the text, by T. S. Eliot himself (readings from two periods in his life) as well as Ted Hughes, Alec Guinness, Viggo Mortensen and Jeremy Irons with Eileen Atkins
• understand the poem’s many references and allusions with the help of comprehensive interactive notes
• reveal the structure of the verse and move quickly between sections with a new navigation tool
• watch over 35 expert video perspectives on the poem including contributions from Seamus Heaney and Jeanette Winterson
• examine original manuscript pages to see how the poem took shape under Ezra Pound’s editing
Winner Best Adult App at the FutureBook Awards 2011
Winner International Interaction Design Award 2013
“As someone coming from the wrong side of the two cultures, Eliot's poem had effectively been closed off to me for decades. Now it isn't, and that in itself would almost justify the price of the iPad that made it possible.”
-The Guardian, UK, John Naughton
The Waste Land for iPad is published jointly by Faber and Faber and Touch Press. Faber is the London publisher where Eliot himself worked for almost four decades; Touch Press is behind other revolutionary interactive books for iPad including The Elements and Solar System which are defining the future of publishing. The interviews and Fiona Shaw's performance are specially filmed by Adam Low, director of the BBC Arena documentary on Eliot.
Publication of The Waste Land in 1922 was a milestone in the literary history of the 20th Century. This iPad edition carries forward Eliot's vision and vividly demonstrates how literature can be illuminated by the new digital medium.
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Ratings and Reviews
I haven't read the Waste Land in twenty years and this was a very pleasing way to get re-introduced to a poem I recalled with ambivalence. The material is well selected to provide a backdrop, the commentary videos were largely well selected - they may not impart deep secrets, but perhaps more a flavor of the impact Eliot's poem has had on the commenters. More than anything, the material does not interfere with the poem itself, it stays neatly in the background. The readings were well selected; different sections of the poem benefit from the strength brought by the various performers. Eliot's own narration may not be the one you like best, but it gives a great baseline for the "pace" of the poem. I spent about six hours with Eliot over the weekend and do not regret a moment.
A Model For Presenting Literature
This app offers a model for presenting literary works in all their richness on a mobile device. I love the readings by several actors, and the scholarly interpretations deepen our appreciation.
Touch press has shown us what can be done, both with this app and the one on Shakespeare's sonnets. I have been waiting, waiting, waiting, wandering through the vast waste land of the App Store looking for more apps that illuminate and present literary works in this way. Please, I will buy them.
Saw this app featured in The Guardian with video. Downloaded it and found it provides a fresh and breathtaking experience with a poem that I first read in college (about 50 years ago) and have perused from time to time after that. This app makes for an electrifying reacquaintance with a long-lost fascinating friend. The performance of the poem by Fiona Shaw is terrific, and makes Eliot's work appear in new perspectives. I look forward to more apps of this type.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.