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W. H. Auden : A Commentary - John Fuller

W. H. Auden

A Commentary

Paperback Published: 25th September 2000
ISBN: 9780691070490
Number Of Pages: 613

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This is an indispensable reference guide to the works of one of the most important poets of the twentieth century. W. H. Auden's writing is notoriously complex--full of puzzling allusions and shaped by influences as diverse as Old English poetry and Auden's own theory of psychosomatic illness. To help readers understand Auden's work, the poet and scholar John Fuller examines all of Auden's published poems, plays, and libretti, leaving out only some juvenilia. In unprecedented detail, he reviews the works' publishing history, paraphrases difficult passages, and explains allusions. He points out interesting variants (including material abandoned in drafts), identifies sources, looks at verse forms, and offers critical interpretations. Along the way, he presents a wealth of facts about Auden's works and life that are available in no other publication.

The book is a major revision of Fuller's critically acclaimed "Reader's Guide" to Auden, published in 1970. It contains more than twice the material of that earlier volume. Fuller organizes the book on the basis of the individual collections that Auden himself originally published, with sections of "uncollected" work interwoven. Clear, meticulously researched, and carefully designed for ease of use, it is an essential guide for anyone interested in Auden's remarkable and sometimes elusive writing.

Industry Reviews

"Nobody who wants a richer understanding of this great but often willful poet can dispense with Fuller's assistance."--Frank Kermode, The New Republic "The entries--this is a work of reference--are marvels of wit, tact, learning, and connoisseurship. Some articles seem definitive... Fuller's commentary bears a family resemblance to scientific, lyrical compendia such as Burton's Anatomy of Melancholy. The odd detail dances in amber sunbeams, translucent, and symbolic."--Tom D'Evelyn, Boston Book Review "W. H. Auden: A Commentary is a meticulous labor of love and scholarship."--Roger Kimball, The New Criterion "Auden's criticism is exceptional in its depth and breadth. He thoughtfully comments on almost all the plays as well as the sonnets... Readers will admire Kirsch's Auden. It is quite possible that they will like him, too."--Joseph Sullivan, The World and I

Forewordp. vii
Acknowledgementsp. xi
Abbreviationsp. xiii
Poems (1928)p. 3
Paid on Both Sidesp. 18
Uncollected Poems 1925-30p. 36
Poems (1930)p. 52
Poems (1933)p. 78
The Oratorsp. 85
The Dance of Deathp. 123
The Dog Beneath the Skinp. 126
Look, Stranger!p. 145
Uncollected Poems 1930-36p. 178
The Ascent of F6p. 193
Letters from Icelandp. 202
Alfredp. 225
Hadrian's Wallp. 227
Journey to a Warp. 230
On the Frontierp. 245
Another Timep. 249
Uncollected Poems 1937-39p. 296
The Dark Valleyp. 305
Paul Bunyanp. 308
The Double Manp. 319
For the Time Beingp. 345
The Sea and the Mirrorp. 356
The Age of Anxietyp. 369
Poems first published in the Collected Poetry (1945)p. 388
Nonesp. 405
Uncollected Poems 1940-48p. 431
The Rake's Progressp. 436
Deliap. 440
The Shield of Achillesp. 443
Homage to Cliop. 463
Elegy for Young Loversp. 481
About the Housep. 484
The Bassaridsp. 504
City Without Wallsp. 508
Academic Graffitip. 527
Epistle to a Godsonp. 529
Thank You, Fogp. 544
Uncollected Poems 1949-73p. 554
Index of Titles and First Linesp. 558
General Indexp. 575
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ISBN: 9780691070490
ISBN-10: 0691070490
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 613
Published: 25th September 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.6 x 15.57  x 3.3
Weight (kg): 0.89