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Titel: W.H. Auden: A Biography
Verlag: George Allen & Unwin
Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Fine
Auflage: 1st edition.
Art des Buches: Binding tight, text unmarked
~Illustrated. No ownership marks. Dustwrapper unclipped and protected in removable clear plastic sleeve. No browning or offsetting to endpages. Excellent copy. Size: xvi,495pp. Buchnummer des Verkäufers WW0184
W. H. Auden disapproved of literary biography. Or did he? The truth is more equivocal than it at first appears. Humphrey Carpenter himself neatly summarizes Auden's ambiguity: 'Here, as so often in his life, Auden adopted a dogmatic attitude which did not reflect the full range of his opinions, and which he sometimes flatly contradicted.' Although Carpenter's biography, first published in 1981, was unauthorized, he did receive the co-operation of the Auden Estate, and the results remain of unimpeachable merit.
'Carpenter is a model biographer - diligent, unspeculative, sympathetic, and extremely good at finding out what happened when and with whom.' John Bayley, Listener
'An illuminating book; full of information, unobtrusively affectionate, it describes with unpretentious elegance the curve of a great poet's life and work.' Frank Kermode, Guardian
'A deeply interesting book about a deeply interesting life.' Roy Fuller, Sunday Times
Inhaltsangabe: Few of W. H. Auden's friends adhered to his request to burn his letters after he died. Humphrey Carpenter's study quotes much of this correspondence for the first time, as well as drawing on other such rare material as Auden's unpublished verse, juvenilia, notebooks, and the journal the young poet kept during a stay in Berlin. This biography traces the artistic development of the most influential English poet of his generation, explaining the in-jokes in his early work, and the romantic crisis that inspired his last three long poems.
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