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40: The Waste Land

Martin Rowson:

London: Penguin Books, 1990

8vo, revised edition ("1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2" on imprint page), original printed wrappers, first two leaves detached, crease to upper wrapper

This graphic novel adroitly combines the noir techniques of Hammett and Chandler with a consideration of Eliot’s masterpiece. Though the author was denied permission to quote from the poem, the result is witty, provocative, and entirely satisfying.

Rowson was appointed London’s first ‘Cartoonist Laureate’ by Ken Livingstone in 2001 in exchange for one pint of London Pride per annum.

Annotated on 57 pages. Approximately 1700 words with 1 new illustration on p.[LXXVIII].

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