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Early Auden (Auden #1)

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Early Auden remains the most penetrating, detailed, and informative examination we have of the great work produced by the young W. H. Auden in England before the war. Edward Mendelson writes with unrivaled knowledge of published texts, manuscripts, private papers, and essays in this most illuminating of critical works.
Paperback, 448 pages
Published May 22nd 2000 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Mar 28, 2008 Michael rated it it was ok
The best part is the section on The Orators (John Ashbery's favorite Auden book). Auden added a preface to it in the '60s when it was republished it pretty much disavowing it, and saying something like he has no idea what he was doing (oh I'm sure) but the book could have been written by someone who ended up as a Nazi. I suspect Auden at some point had Goebbels as a touchpoint -- who he feared he could become.

Anyway, the Early Auden is certainly a detailed study of his poems from a psychological
Shime'on Petrus
mostly biographical. Nonetheless an essential guide thorugh Auden's manifold poetical production
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Edward Mendelson (born 1946) is a professor of English and Comparative Literature and the Lionel Trilling Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University. He is the literary executor of the Estate of W. H. Auden and the author or editor of several books about Auden's work.
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