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The Complete Works of W. H. Auden, Volume IV : Prose: 1956-1962 - W. H. Auden

The Complete Works of W. H. Auden, Volume IV

Prose: 1956-1962

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This fourth volume of W. H. Auden's prose provides a unique picture of this legendary writer's mind and art when he was at the height of his powers, from 1956 through 1962, including the years when he was Professor of Poetry at Oxford. The volume includes his best-known and most important prose collection, "The Dyer's Hand," as well as scores of essays, reviews, and lectures on subjects ranging from J. R. R. Tolkien and Martin Luther to psychedelic drugs, cooking, and Homer. Much of the material has never been collected in book form, and some selections, such as the witty orations Auden wrote for ceremonies at Oxford University, are almost entirely unknown.

Edward Mendelson's introduction and comprehensive notes provide biographical and historical explanations of all obscure references. The text includes extensive corrections and revisions that Auden marked in personal copies of his work and which are printed here for the first time.

"Volume IV of Auden's prose ... is, like the others, edited by Edward J. Mendelson with unparalleled care and discretion, but it allows us an additional pleasure, since The Dyer's Hand occupies its last major part. Thus we can read that book as Auden wanted us to, before or after we look at the rest of the prose ... or we could just dip and skim in the whole volume, go away and come back, guided by names and titles and chance--there's plenty to keep us busy."--London Review of Books "This fourth volume of W. H. Auden's prose, edited and introduced by Edward Mendelson with customary mastery, covers a mere six years of the poet's life. But they were eventful years for him, personally and intellectually... The whole of The Dyer's Hand appears in this volume of the Complete Works, and most of what Auden drew from in making up the book is here, too, in its original and unrevised form."--Alan Jacobs, Books & Culture "I can give this collection a strong recommendation."--Alfred Corn, Gay and Lesbian Review "If anything, The Complete Works of W. H. Auden: Prose, Volume IV, 1956-1962 is a literary tour-de-force, that covers as well as conveys, almost everything this ultimate poet, writer, quintessential observer of life and critic, was all about... [This] is a very well conceived and comprehensive 'lucky accident.' Not to mention an all-round, terrific book."--David Marx, David Marx Book Reviews Praise for the previous volume: "Prose, Volume III is wonderfully edited, like all the many editions of Auden supervised by Edward Mendelson... [T]he articles will delight any reader with their wit, charm, and elegance."--Charles Rosen, New York Review of Books Praise for the previous volume: "When you add in the volumes already devoted to plays, libretti, poems, it becomes hard to avoid describing the whole enterprise as heroic. In fact it could also be described as unique, for no other twentieth-century English poet has been so fully and patiently honoured."--Frank Kermode, London Review of Books Praise for the previous volume: "No major writer's complete works are more fun to read."--Publishers Weekly "While most pieces of the volume can be found in other manners, this compilation enables readers to discover more easily and efficiently gems of prose phrasing about poetry, criticism and their purpose, and the poet's readings of and connections between his work and that of his contemporaries and predecessors in significantly contemplative years of his life."--Emily Kane, Review of English Studies

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgementsp. xi
Introductionp. xiii
The Text of This Editionp. xxxvii
Essays and Reviews, 1956-1962
At the End of the Quest, Victoryp. 3
An Appreciation of the Lyric Verse of Walter de la Marep. 6
Stimulating Scholarshipp. 8
Hic et Illep. 12
Introduction to Selected Writings of Sydney Smithp. 13
Introduction to The Descent of the Dovep. 25
Wisdom, Wit, Musicp. 30
Making, Knowing and Judgingp. 34
Walter de la Marep. 34
An Eye for Mysteryp. 37
Foreword to The Green Wallp. 39
The Great Captainsp. 44
D. H. Lawrence as a Criticp. 48
Dostoevsky in Siberiap. 53
Concrete and Fastidiousp. 57
Squares and Oblongsp. 63
The Wish Gamep. 66
Guy Burgessp. 67
The Voltaire of Musicp. 67
A Great Haterp. 71
A Grecian Eyep. 74
Just How I Feelp. 77
Sydney Smith: The Kind-Hearted Witp. 82
West's Diseasep. 88
Straw Without Bricksp. 88
Seventh Heavensp. 92
Crying Spoils the Appearancep. 95
Preface to Nulla Vogliamo dal Sognop. 99
Commentary on the Poetry and Tragedy of Romeo and Julietp. 100
Foreword to A Crackling of Thornsp. 113
Talent, Genius, and Unhappinessp. 118
The Great Dividep. 129
"A Mental Prince"p. 132
Music in Shakespeare: Its Dramatic Use in His Playsp. 135
Preface to Jean Sans Ternp. 135
A Jolly Magpiep. 137
Reflections upon Reading Werner Jaeger's Paideiap. 145
The Life of a That-There Poetp. 153
The Kitchen of Lifep. 166
The Sacred Coldp. 173
A Song of Life's Power to Renewp. 177
Foreword to Of the Festivityp. 179
Thinking What We Are Doingp. 184
The Creation of Music and Poetryp. 190
The Co-Inherencep. 197
The Greek Selfp. 201
Calm Even in the Catastrophep. 209
John Betjeman's Poetic Universep. 216
The Private Life of a Public Manp. 221
Miss Marianne Moore, Bless Her!p. 226
The Fallen City: Some Reflections on Shakespeare's Henry IVp. 230
Foreword: Brand versus Peerp. 230
Foreword to Times Threep. 241
The Magician from Mississippip. 247
A Children's Anthologyp. 251
Apologies to the Iroquoisp. 252
An Unclassical Classicp. 259
The Queen Is Never Boredp. 266
Foreword to Van Gogh: A Self-Portraitp. 281
Statement on Cultural Freedomp. 282
Greatness Finding Itselfp. 283
Kp. 289
Introduction to The Complete Poems of Cavafyp. 290
Two Ways of Poetryp. 298
The Problem of Nownessp. 303
Three Memoranda on the New Arden Shakespearep. 307
A Public Artp. 309
Il Faut Payerp. 312
The Poet as Professorp. 317
Two Cultural Monumentsp. 320
Introduction to Italian Journeyp. 324
The Case Is Curiousp. 333
Ronald Firbank and an Amateur Worldp. 335
A Poet of Honorp. 342
The Alienated City: Reflections on Othellop. 347
A Marriage of True Mindsp. 348
Dag Hammarskjöldp. 354
The Untruth about Beethovenp. 356
The Quest Herop. 360
A Universal Eccentricp. 374
The Conscience of an Artistp. 378
Books of the Year ...p. 382
The Chemical Lifep. 382
Angerp. 385
Foreword to The Viking Book of Aphorismsp. 390
A Marianne Moore Readerp. 392
The Poet and the Cityp. 395
Introduction to A Choice of de la Mare's Versep. 396
Today's Poetp. 404
A Disturbing Novelistp. 405
"The Geste Says this and the Man Who Was on the Field..."p. 408
The Justice of Dame Kindp. 412
Today's "Wonder-World" Needs Alicep. 414
Strachey's Cryp. 422
Are the English Europeans?p. 428
Do You Know Too Much?p. 436
Mirror: A Set of Notesp. 441
England & Europep. 441
The Dyer's Hand
The Dyer's Handp. 447
Appendices
Creweian Orationsp. 829
Auden as Anthologist and Editorp. 848
Public Lecturesp. 858
Auden on the Airp. 873
Endorsements and Citationsp. 892
Public Letters Signed by Auden and Othersp. 896
Translationsp. 898
Lost and Unwritten Workp. 900
Textual Notes
Essays and Reviews, 1956-1962p. 903
The Dyer's Handp. 945
Index of Titles and Books Reviewedp. 979
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ISBN: 9780691147550
ISBN-10: 0691147558
Series: The Complete Works of W.H. Auden : Book 4
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 1024
Published: 24th October 2010
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.5 x 16.4  x 6.0
Weight (kg): 1.54