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T. S. Eliot and the London of the Waste Land
A Live, Illustrated Zoom Talk with historian Tina Baxter
Wednesday 17th February 2021 at 7:00 pm

Join us for the third Westminster Arts Reference Library's Artists of London salons where historian TINA BAXTER takes us on a virtual tour of the locations that inspired Eliot's epic vision of London as the 'Unreal City' in The Waste Land. In addition to the talk and a Q+A, each event will include a spotlight on a special item from the Library's collection.

The American-born British poet, essayist, playwright and literary critic T S ELIOT is considered one of the 20th century's most important Modernist literary figures. In addition to being a writer, he worked in London as a teacher, editor, publisher - and banker - whilst becoming a central figure in the city's intellectual scene. The metropolis features in much of his work - especially in the haunted masterpiece The Waste Land.

In this online talk, historian TINA BAXTER takes us on a virtual tour of the capital to investigate the places that are integral to the Waste Land and inspired the poet. She will reveal the architecture of Eliot’s 'Unreal City' in the light of references and allusions in The Waste Land and make connections with geographical locations that influence the the narrator. Short readings from the poem will evoke the historic sites and myriad London literary connections that Eliot alluded to throughout the work.

Tickets £4.80 including a 50% donation to the Westminster Arts Reference Library

Tina Baxter
TINA BAXTER is a City of London Guide and historian. With Miss Kitty Pridden, she curates The Georgian Dining Academy with regular suppers at Simpson's Tavern off Cornhill. Together they have curated events at the Cartoon Museum, Maritime Museum, Royal Academy, Dr Johnson's House and Hatchlands Park.


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