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Description - W.H. Auden Prose 1939-1948 by W. H. Auden

The new collection of 580 pages includes the essays, reviews and other writings that Auden published or prepared for delivery from the time he arrived in America in January 1939 until the end of 1948. In the following year he wrote his first book of criticism, The Enchafed Flood, and adopted a new set of themes in his essays and reviews. In his Introduction to this volume Professor Mendelson writes: 'Auden's prose in his American years combines a tone of confident authority with a comic irony that refuses to take itself seriously'. Some of the writings are of considerable length, among them the whole of his book of pensees and aphorisms The Prolific and the Devourer.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780571216154
ISBN-10: 0571216153
Format: Hardback
Pages: 580
Imprint: Faber & Faber
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Publish Date: 20-May-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - W. H. Auden

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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