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The complete works of W.H. Auden. Vol. II, Prose, 1939-1948

Author: W H Auden; Edward Mendelson
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 2002.
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W H Auden's first ten years in the United States 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  Read more...


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Named Person: W H Auden
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: W H Auden; Edward Mendelson
ISBN: 0691089353 9780691089355
OCLC Number: 49880140
Description: xxxiv, 556 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Preface ix Acknowledgements xi Introduction xiii The Text of This Edition xxxiii ESSAYS AND REVIEWS, 939-948 The Public v. the Late Mr William Butler Yeats 3 A Great Democrat 8 Whitman and Arnold 11 Christian on the Left 13 Effective Democracy 15 How Not to Be a Genius 18 Young British Writers--On the Way Up (by W. H. Auden and Christopher Isherwood) 21 Rilke in English 25 Democracy Is Hard 27 The Dyer's Hand 29 Heretics 32 Louis MacNeice 35 Inside China 35 Jacob and the Angel 37 Poet and Politician 39 A Literary Transference 42 The Icon and the Portrait 49 Tradition and Value 51 Against Romanticism 53 The Double Focus: Sandburg's Lincoln 55 Empirics for the Million 57 A Review of How to Read a Book, by Mortimer J.Adler 59 Yeats: Master of Diction 61 Romantic or Free? 63 "What Is Culture?" 72 Poet in Wartime 73 Open Letter to Knut Hamsun 76 Mimesis and Allegory 78 Who Shall Plan the Planners? 88 Criticism in a Mass Society 90 A Note on Order 100 Symposium [on the role of intellectuals in political affairs ]104 Where Are We Now? 104 Tract for the Times 108 The Wandering Jew 110 All about Ida 114 James Joyce and Richard Wagner 115 Yale Daily News Banquet Address 119 A Review of Open House, by Theodore Roethke 125 The Masses Defined 127 Opera on an American Legend 129 The Means of Grace 131 Ambiguous Answers 134 Eros and Agape 137 A Grammar of Assent 141 Last Words 143 La Trahison d'un Clerc 148 W. H. Auden Speaks of Poetry and Total War 152 The Rewards of Patience 153 The Fabian Figaro 158 Lecture Notes [I] 161 Lecture Notes [II] 163 Lecture Notes [III] 165 Lecture Notes [IV] 168 Lecture Notes [V] 170 An Unbiased Biography of Yeats and His World 173 Vocation and Society 175 Auden Calls "Night" Fun but Not Art 183 Purely Subjective 184 The Poet of the Encirclement 198 Introduction to A Selection from the Poems of Alfred, Lord Tennyson 203 Student Government-or Bombs? 212 A Preface to Kierkegaard 213 A Knight of the Infinite 218 In Poor Shape 221 Children of Abraham 224 Augustus to Augustine 226 William Shakespeare, in a Wartime Format 231 Beauty Is Everlasting 234 The Giving of Thanks 236 Agee on Films 239 In Praise of the Brothers Grimm 239 Henry James and the Dedicated 242 Foghorn Bellow, Sly Bitchery, Spark Shakespeare's Worst Play 244 Foreword to The Flower of Grass, by Emile Cammaerts 246 Mr Welch 251 A Toast 253 Concerning the Village of Gschaid, and Its Mountain 254 The Day-by-Day Jottings of Piotr Tchaikovsky 256 The Christian Tragic Hero 258 The Guilty Vicarage 261 Introduction to The American Scene, by Henry James 270 K's Quest 282 As Hateful Ares Bids 286 Mozart and the Middlebrow 290 Red Lizards and White Stallions 292 Foreword to Poems, by Joan Murray 295 Address on Henry James 296 Introduction to Slick but Not Streamlined, by John Betjeman 303 Introduction to Intimate Journals, by Charles Baudelaire 307 Old Formulae in a New Light 315 Some Notes on D. H. Lawrence 317 The Essence of Dante 322 The Mythical Sex 325 Foreword to A Beginning, by Robert Horan 332 I Like It Cold 334 Mystic-and Prophet 337 Squares and Oblongs 339 Philosophy with Courage and Imagination 351 Introduction to The Portable Greek Reader 354 The Ironic Hero 377 Yeats as an Example 384 Introduction to Tales of Grimm and Andersen 390 The Poet's Life-and His Work 398 Opera Addict 400 Foreword to The Grasshopper's Man, by Rosalie Moore 403 APPENDICES I "The Prolific and the Devourer" 409 II Auden as Anthologist and Editor 459 III Courses, Syllabi, Examinations, and a Curriculum 464 IV Reported Lectures 481 V Endorsements, a Commissioned Text, and a List 498 VI Auden on the Air 501 VII Lost and Unwritten Work 506 TEXTUAL NOTES Essays and Reviews, 1939-948 511 Index of Titles, First Lines, and Books Reviewed 553
Other Titles: Works.
Prose, 1939-1948
Responsibility: edited by Edward Mendelson.


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"For anyone interested in 'early Auden' this book is indispensable."--Bernard Knox, New York Review of Books "We need Auden again, sacred and profane. As the New Age lunges into the volcano, we could Read more...

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