The Complete Works of W. H. Auden, Volume III: Prose: 1949-1955 (The Complete Works of W.H. Auden)

The Complete Works of W. H. Auden, Volume III: Prose: 1949-1955 (The Complete Works of W.H. Auden)

By: W. H. Auden (author), Professor Edward Mendelson (editor)Hardback

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This volume contains all of W. H. Auden's prose works from 1949 through 1955, including many little-known essays that exemplify his range, wit, depth, and wisdom. The book includes the complete text of Auden's first separately published prose book, The Enchafed Flood, or, The Romantic Iconography of the Sea, followed by more than one hundred separate essays, reviews, introductions, and lectures, as well as a questionnaire (complete with his own answers) about the reader's fantasy version of Eden. Two reviews that Auden wrote for the New Yorker, but which the magazine never printed, appear here for the first time, and a series of aphorisms previously published only in a French translation are printed in English. Among the previously unpublished lectures is a long account of the composition of his poem "Prime," complete with his comments on early rejected drafts. The variety of style and subject in this book is almost inexhaustible. Auden writes about the imaginary mirrors that everyone carries through life; French existentialism and New Yorker cartoons; Freud, Kierkegaard, Dostoyevsky, and Camus; Keats, Cervantes, Melville, Colette, Byron, Virgil, Yeats, Tolkien, and Virginia Woolf; opera, ballet, cinema, prosody, and music; English and American poetry and society; and politics and religion. The introduction by Edward Mendelson places the essays in biographical and historical context, and the extensive textual notes explain obscure contemporary references and provide an often-amusing history of Auden's work as an editor of anthologies and a series of books by younger poets.

About Author

Edward Mendelson is the literary executor of the Estate of W. H. Auden and the Lionel Trilling Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University. His books include "Early Auden, Later Auden", and "The Things That Matter".

Contents

Preface ix Acknowledgements xi Introduction xiii The Text of This Edition xxxv THE ENCHAFED FLOOD The Enchafed Flood 1 ESSAYS AND REVIEWS, 1949-1955 A Note on Graham Greene 95 In Memoriam [Theodore Spencer] 96 Port and Nuts with the Eliots 97 The Question of the Pound Award 101 Introductions to Poets of the English Language 103 Sixty-Six Sestets 154 Notebooks of Somerset Maugham 156 Firbank Revisited 159 Nature, History and Poetry [1949] 161 Then and Now: 1935-1950 164 Jean Cocteau 168 Religion and the Intellectuals: A Symposium 170 Introduction to Red Ribbon on a White Horse, by Anzia Yezierska 177 A Playboy of the Western World: St Oscar, the Homintern Martyr 184 Of Poetry in Troubled Greece 188 A Guidebook for All Good Counter-Revolutionaries 190 The Score and Scale of Berlioz 193 The Things Which Are Caesar's 196 A That There Sort of Writer 210 Introduction to Selected Prose and Poetry of Edgar Allan Poe 215 Foreword to A Change of World, by Adrienne Cecile Rich 224 Nature, History and Poetry [1950] 226 Young Boswell 233 Some December Books Chosen for the Trade Book Clinic 237 In an Age Like Ours, the Artist Works in a State of Siege 240 Aeneid for Our Time 242 Address to the Indian Congress for Cultural Freedom 246 Some Reflections on Opera as a Medium 250 The Philosophy of a Lunatic 255 Eliot on Eliot 257 Foreword to A Mask for Janus, by W. S. Merwin 259 Keats in His Letters 262 A Review of Short Novels of Colette 267 The World That Books Have Made 270 Portrait of a Whig 273 Introduction to The Living Thoughts of Kierkegaard 285 Some Reflections on Music and Opera 296 The Adult Voice of America 302 While the Oboes Came Up, the Bagpipes Went Down 305 Notes on the Comic 307 Our Italy 319 [Hic et Ille] 323 Keeping the Oriflamme Burning 335 Sigmund Freud 340 Foreword to Various Jangling Keys, by Edgar Bogardus 344 Foreword to The Desire and Pursuit of the Whole, by Frederick Rolfe, Baron Corvo 347 The Rake's Progress 351 T. S. Eliot So Far 352 Two Sides to a Thorny Problem 356 Cav & Pag 358 Through the Collar-Bone of a Hare 364 Transplanted Englishman Views U.S. 369 Verga's Place 374 Zahl und Gesicht 377 Huck and Oliver 378 Selected Essays of T. S. Eliot 382 The Greatness of Freud 385 Translation and Tradition 388 Speaking of Books 391 Ballet's Present Eden 393 Foreword to An Armada of Thirty Whales, by Daniel G. Hoffman 396 Words and Music 399 A Message from W. H. Auden [on Dylan Thomas] 407 A Contemporary Epic 407 The Man Who Wrote Alice 413 Handbook to Antiquity 416 A Consciousness of Reality 419 The Word and the Machine 425 A European View of Peace 427 England: Six Unexpected Days 431 Introduction to An Elizabethan Song Book, by W. H. Auden and Chester Kallman 435 Balaam and the Ass 444 The Freud-Fliess Letters 472 Introduction to The Visionary Novels of George Macdonald 477 How Cruel Is April? 481 Holding the Mirror Up to History 483 The Hero Is a Hobbit 489 A World Imaginary, but Real 491 The Private Diaries of Stendhal (1801-1814) 494 Fog in the Mediterranean 498 The Pool of Narcissus 502 Introduction to The Faber Book of Modern American Verse 506 "I Am of Ireland" 514 [A Tribute to Paul Claudel] 521 Authority in America 521 Am I That I Am? 527 Man before Myth 532 The Dyer's Hand 536 Qui e l'uom' felice 569 Speaking of Books 571 [Contribution to Modern Canterbury Pilgrims] 573 Foreword to Some Trees, by John Ashbery 580 Bile and Brotherhood 584 L'Homme d'Esprit 590 The History of an Historian 596 A Self-Policing People 602 Reflections on The Magic Flute 604 Putting It in English 609 ADDENDA TO PROSE II E. M. Forster 613 A Lecture in a College Course 614 An Endorsement 614 APPENDICES I Record Sleeves and Program Notes 617 II Auden as Anthologist and Editor 622 III Public Lectures and Courses 636 IV Endorsements and Citations 674 V Auden on the Air 675 VI Public Letters Signed by Auden and Others 694 VII Lost and Unwritten Work 698 TEXTUAL NOTES The Enchafed Flood 703 Essays and Reviews, 1949-1955 708 Index of Titles and Books Reviewed 777

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  • ISBN13: 9780691133263
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 824
  • ID: 9780691133263
  • weight: 1247
  • ISBN10: 0691133263
  • translations: English
  • language of text: English

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