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.