W. H. Auden is a giant of twentieth-century English poetry whose writings demonstrate a sustained engagement with the times in which he lived. But how did the century's shifting cultural terrain affect him and his work? Written by distinguished poets and scholars, these brief but authoritative essays offer a varied set of coordinates by which to chart Auden's continuously evolving career, examining key aspects of his environmental, cultural, political and creative contexts. Reaching beyond mere biography, these essays present Auden as the product of ongoing negotiations between himself, his time and posterity, exploring the enduring power of his poetry to unsettle and provoke. The collection will prove valuable for scholars, researchers and students of English literature, cultural studies and creative writing.
B. Wallenstein Source: Choice
Sources already referenced in the list of Abbreviations are generally not repeated here, except for the citation of specific content. Thus, the critical studies by John Fuller and Edward Mendelson, widely regarded as indispensable, are referenced there but not here.
The abbreviations are used, where appropriate, in what follows.
See also relevant passages in Carpenter and RD-H 1995.
See also Edward Mendelson’s introductions to the individual volumes of Prose published in the Collected Works.
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