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Early Auden [Hardcover]

Professor Edward Mendelson
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Sep 1981
This critical study of Auden's writings up to 1939 is now being reissued. It is based on Professor Mendelson's gift as a critic and expositor, and as Auden's friend and literary executor. He has an unrivalled knowledge of the published texts, the manuscripts, drafts, private papers and the innumerable essays and reviews.

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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; First Edition edition (Sep 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571111939
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571111930
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,295,735 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Auden Poems 2 May 2012
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I spent a long time looking for a critical analysis of Auden's poetry and was very pleased to find this book which gave me the information I needed. A clean book which arrived promptly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Reading / Really Good Value / 26 Jan 2009
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This is the first of two books by the same author (see Later Auden)and I'd recommend buying them together as they are terrific accounts which tell Auden's story (mostly) in terms of his poetry. (John Fuller's commentary (on the poetry) augments these very well).(H. Carpenter for the best intro bio.)

Why I liked these books is that they don't expose a bias regarding Auden's life (Auden tends/ed to divide critics) and the poetry (always the first casualty) isn't neglected. There's too much of value in these books to try and paraphrase them but rest assured they will not disappoint. As usual though, the whole controversy over the attitude of certain critics (Jarrell/Leavis/Eagleton) is passed over. Still, really useful. I'd say the same for the Collected Prose, the Dyer's Hand, Forewords & Afterwords. Hendon is a bit spotty but maybe useful (and affordable) for undergrads, while the Sea & The Mirror is rather specialised (Art & Christianity), maybe to be tackled later.

Early and Late Auden are not so much 'academic' works as they are real portraits by someone close to the work, the writer and his times, so there isn't that distance you sometimes feel where authors set out "to do Auden". Great value. Will not disappoint.
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