Fuller, John - a Reader's Guide to W.H. Auden Essay

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A Reader's Guide toW. H. Auden John Fuller THAMES AND HUDSON · LONDON FOR KATE AND ROY © JOHN FULLER 1970 All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopy, recording or any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publisher Printed in Great Britain by Cox & Wyman Ltd, London, Fakenham and Reading 500 14015 4 clothbound 500 15006 0 paperbound Contents 7 THE EARLY POETRY FOREWORD Part One 1 Paid on Both Sides 2 Poems 1927-1932 3 The Orators Part Two 4 5 13 30 51 THE MID-THIRTIES The Plays Poems 1933-1938 Part Three 77 99 THE LONG POEMS 6 New Year Letter 7 For the Time Being 8 The Sea and the Mirror 9 Poems 1939-1947 10 The Age of Anxiety 131 148 157 166 188 Part Four 11 12 13 14 NOTES BIBLIOGRAPHY LATER POEMS The Libretti Poems 1948-1957 About the House Some Poems Outside the Canon 205 212 240 251 262 269 271 283 INDEX OF TITLES AND FIRST LINES GENERAL INDEX Errata On p. 269, at the foot of the page, please read as follows: NYL FTB The Double Man (New York, 1941), known in England as New Year Letter For the Time Being (New York, 1944) In the General Index, entries referring to the Notes (pp. 262-8) are one page out: thus for p. 265, please read p. 264. Foreword This book is intended to serve primarily as a commentary on Auden's poetry and drama, taken in their chronological sequence. My main concern has been to help the reader with difficult passages and to trace some of the sources and allusions, since despite the now happily increasing volume of Auden criticism, there is still nothing quite as systematic or as detailed as the reader would like. I have omitted unpublished and uncollected poems, translations, prose, radio scripts, and so on. But I believe that there is an advantage to be gained

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