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The iPad Is Now The Waste Land

The iPad Is Now The Waste Land

June 13, 2011
One of the most interesting and revolutionary poems of the last hundred years has arrived for a 21st Century audience. T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land is now available for the iPad. Created by Touch Press, The Waste Land isn’t just a book, but rather a fully immersive visual experience. In addition to having the 1922 poem at your fingertips, the app features the following amazing features:
  • 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 and Viggo Mortensen
  • 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
Eliot, who is considered by many to be the 20th Century's best poets, would be thrilled to see his masterpiece on an iPad. In a word: The Waste Land (the app) is nothing short of magical. It is available today in the App Store for $13.99. What do you think? Leave your comments below.

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