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

by W. H. Auden
Editor Edward Mendelson

Princeton University Press | October 24, 2010 | Hardcover

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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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 1024 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 in

Published: October 24, 2010

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0691147558

ISBN - 13: 9780691147550

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

by W. H. Auden
Editor Edward Mendelson

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 1024 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 in

Published: October 24, 2010

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0691147558

ISBN - 13: 9780691147550

About the Book

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.

Table of Contents

Preface ix Acknowledgements xi Introduction xiii The Text of This Edition xxxvii ESSAYS AND REVIEWS, 1956-1962 At the End of the Quest, Victory 3 An Appreciation of the Lyric Verse of Walter de la Mare 6 Stimulating Scholarship 8 Hic et Ille 12 Introduction to Selected Writings of Sydney Smith 13 Introduction to The Descent of the Dove, by Charles Williams 25 Wisdom, Wit, Music 30 Making, Knowing and Judging 34 Walter de la Mare 34 An Eye for Mystery 37 Foreword to The Green Wall, by James Wright 39 The Great Captains 44 D. H. Lawrence as a Critic 48 Dostoevsky in Siberia 53 Concrete and Fastidious 57 Squares and Oblongs 63 The Wish Game 66 Guy Burgess 67 The Voltaire of Music 67 A Great Hater 71 A Grecian Eye 74 Just How I Feel 77 Sydney Smith: The Kind-Hearted Wit 82 West''s Disease 88 Straw Without Bricks 88 Seventh Heavens 92 Crying Spoils the Appearance 95 Preface to Nulla Vogliamo dal Sogno, by Nino D''Ambra 99 Commentary on the Poetry and Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet 100 Foreword to A Crackling of Thorns, by John Hollander 113 Talent, Genius, and Unhappiness 118 The Great Divide 129 "A Mental Prince" 132 Music in Shakespeare: Its Dramatic Use in His Plays 135 Preface to Jean Sans Terre, by Yvan Goll 135 A Jolly Magpie 137 Reflections upon Reading Werner Jaeger''s Paideia 145 The Life of a That-There Poet 153 The Kitchen of Life 166 The Sacred Cold 173 A Song of Life''s Power to Renew 177 Foreword to Of the Festivity, by William Dickey 179 Thinking What We Are Doing 184
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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.

About the 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".

Editorial Reviews

"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
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