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Auden's Prose: 1939-1948 v. 2 Hardcover – 20 May 2002


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  • Hardcover: 580 pages
  • Publisher: Faber and Faber (20 May 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571216153
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571216154
  • Product Dimensions: 16.9 x 3.9 x 24.4 cm
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Synopsis

W.H. Auden's first ten years in the US were marked by rapid and extensive change in his life and thought. He became an American citizen, fell in love with Chester Kallman, and began to reflect on American culture and to explore the ideas of Reinhold Niebuhr and other Protestant theologians. This volume contains every piece of prose that Auden wrote during these years, incuding essays and reviews he published under a pseudonym. Most have never been reprinted in any form since their initial publication in such magazines and newspapers as "Nation", "New Republic", "Common Sense", "Vogue" and the "New York Times". Auden's prose during this period is frequently directly autobiographical even as he comments on literature, psychology, politics, and religion. The writings range from a dialogue about W.B. Yeats, through a respectful parody of Gertrude Stein to Jamesian essays on Henry James. They also include lively and often profound responses to ancient and modern history as well as to contemporary issues in politics and religion.

Other highlights include writings on opera and poetry as well as reports of Auden's lectures and the text of an unfinished autobiographical book, "The Prolific and the Devourer". Throughout, Edward Mendelson's extensive editor's notes explain all contemporary and private allusions.

About the Author

W. H. Auden was born in York in 1907, and brought up in Birmingham. He went to Christ Church College, Oxford, where Stephen Spender privately printed a booklet of his poems. After university he lived for a time in Berlin, before returning to England to teach. His first book, Poems, was published by T. S. Eliot at Faber in 1930. Other volumes of poems and plays followed during the 1930s. He went to Spain during the civil war, to Iceland (with Louis MacNeice) and later travelled to China. In 1939 he and Christopher Isherwood left for America, where Auden spent the next fifteen years lecturing, reviewing, writing poetry and opera librettos, and editing anthologies. He became an American citizen in 1946, and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1948. In 1956 he was elected Professor of Poetry at Oxford, and a year later went to live in Kirchstetten in Austria, after spending several summers on Ischia. He died in Vienna in 1973.


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