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W. H. Auden: A Commentary [Paperback]

John Fuller
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5 April 2007

Now available for the first time in paperback, John Fuller's Commentary is a compendious yet condensed reference work dealing with all of Auden's writings. For every poem, play or libretto, Fuller encapsulates the publishing history, paraphrases difficult passages, explains allusions, points out interesting variants (including material abandoned in drafts), identifies sources and

influences, looks at the verse form and offers critical interpretation. Auden's formal and intellectual range challenges comparison with Eliot or Yeats, and his particular interests - psychological, anthropological, prosodic, theological, historical - lend an added resonance to the texture of his work, all of which is explored and interpreted, with exemplary lucidity, in this most essential of one-volume companions.

'magnificent...a model of scholarly engagement that is both rigorous and readable.' Paul Muldoon, Times Literary Supplement Books of the Year

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  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; New Ed edition (5 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571192726
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571192724
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 353,634 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'Magnificent.' Paul Muldoon"

About the Author

John Fuller was educated at New College, Oxford, and was formerly a Fellow and tutor in English at Magdalen College. An award-winning novelist, he has also published five poetry collections; Epistles to Several Persons (1973), winner of the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize in 1974, The Illusionists (1980), Stones and Fires (1996), winner of the Forward Poetry Prize for Best Poetry Collection, Now and for a Time (2002) and Ghosts (2004). John Fuller lives in Oxford and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

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Indispensable when reading and trying to understand Auden.
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3.0 out of 5 stars very good 30 April 2000
this book was very helpful to me because i just seemed to be unable to grasp the point of auden's poetry. It could have done with a more definate index of where to find the poetry if you do not know the orginal edition it was prinited. All in all a good book
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