Faber and Touch Press have re-launched The Waste Land iPad app, featuring new readings from actors Jeremy Irons and Eileen Atkins.
The new version of the successful app, which explores TS Eliot’s modernist poem, will also allow people to add their own notes to the poem while reading it.
Customers who have already bought the app will be able to update their version for free. The original version contains a complete text of the poem, expert notes, Eliot’s original annotated manuscript, and a filmed performance of the poem given by actor Fiona Shaw.
Max Whitby, Touch Press c.e.o. and co-producer of the app said: “We planned to release the Irons and Atkins reading this April, but did not anticipate that Eliot’s famous opening line would be so horribly appropriate to the current climate in Britain. And The Waste Land continues to resonate so strongly in our rapidly changing digital age.”
Henry Volans, Faber’s head of digital said: “In 2011, together, with Touch Press, we showed that literature belongs in the digital world. With this update, The Waste Land for iPad becomes more than ever a ﬂagship in Faber’s mission to re-imagine poetry for the digital age.”