Vanity Fair has published a long excerpt from David Maraniss‘ upcoming biography, Barack Obama: The Story. The article features excerpts from letters Barack Obama wrote to an old girlfriend and passages from another girlfriend’s diary.

UPDATE: The essay caused a minor controversy this week as reporters debated character compression in Obama’s memoir. Former Kodansha America editorial executive Philip Turner cleared up all the controversy at Talking Points Memo.

In one letter from 1982, the future President shared a long analysis of T. S. Eliot‘s epic poem, “The Waste Land.” You can test your own analysis skills against the President by reading this free digital book copy of Eliot’s most famous poem. Check it out below…

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