Listen As T. S. Eliot Reads "The Wasteland" / by Anne Kreamer

I found  this recording by T.S. Eliot of his heavily allusive 1922 masterpiece “The Waste Land” at Open Culture. Originally titled “He Do the Police in Different Voices,” a quote from Charles Dickens’ Our Mutual Friend, the poem is filled with references to Dante’s Divine Comedy, Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, and James Frazier’s The Golden Bough. Ezra Pound's heavy reworking is responsible for the poem you hear above, read by Eliot himself. The first image in the video shows Pound’s marginal annotations.