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Later Auden - Professor Edward Mendelson
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1973, ISBN: 0571197841

[SR: 1138894], Hardcover, [EAN: 9780571197842], Faber and Faber, English, English, English, Faber and Faber, Book, Faber and Faber, Faber and Faber, Edward Mendelson's Later Auden finishes the account of the poet that he offered us in Early Auden and takes us from 1939--when Auden arrived in America at the fag-end of the 1930s ("as the clever hopes expire / of a low, dishonest decade")--until his death in 1973 when incorrigible smoking and drinking had ravaged him; as he himself famously remarked "my face looks like a wedding-cake left in the rain". Mendelson's book is not a biography in the strict sense. Rather it takes its cue from Auden's comment that "for a poet myself, autobiography is redundant, since anything of any importance that happens to one is immediately incorporated, however obscurely, into a poem". Mendelson offers an account of the writing: he demonstrates how and where Auden's life, intellectual development and transient enthusiasms can be observed playing themselves out in the poetry. Mendelson acknowledges his debt to the scholarly apparatus that has been developed over the years by Auden scholars--notably by figures like Nicholas Jenkins, Katherine Bucknell and John Fuller--and his own role as Auden's literary executor ensures that the readings are close and justifiable. The book begins with a considerable and considered account of the famous elegy "In Memory of W. B. Yeats", with its resonant line that "poetry makes nothing happen". Yeats had died only three days after Auden's arrival in the United States, and Mendelson fascinatingly traces the evolution of Auden's elegy and the way it affected Auden's own edgy poetic aspirations. As the volume continues the ups and downs of Auden's relationships--most notably with Chester Kallman, but also with his own gift--are explored through the poems and vice versa. Auden was intellectually and poetically restless; he employed any verse form he could lay his hands on, invented others and experimented substantially; he had strong but shifting political convictions and also converted to an unpious and undogmatic Christianity. His work ranges from the obscure and philosophically prosaic to the resounding lyrics that have become deservedly famous (not least "Stop all the Clocks", immortalised by actor John Hannah in the film Four Weddings and a Funeral). Many of our younger contemporary poets owe some debt to Auden; Mendelson's patient, informed history of the writing and--by extension--of the man is a welcome and accessible addition to exisiting scholarship and should please admirers of arguably the most influential English poet of the century. --Robert Potts, 125138031, General AAS, 275068, History & Criticism, 275389, Poetry, Drama & Criticism, 1025612, Subjects, 266239, Books, 591434, War, 591428, Genres, 275117, Poetry, 275389, Poetry, Drama & Criticism, 1025612, Subjects, 266239, Books, 275135, German, 591430, World, 275117, Poetry, 275389, Poetry, Drama & Criticism, 1025612, Subjects, 266239, Books, 400530011, English, 400529011, Language (feature_browse-bin), 365481011, Refinements, 266239, Books, 492563011, Hardcover, 492562011, Format (binding_browse-bin), 365481011, Refinements, 266239, Books, 182018031, Regular Size, 182016031, Font Size (format_browse-bin), 365481011, Refinements, 266239, Books

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[EAN: 9780571197842], [PU: Faber and Faber;], CRITICISM, BIBLIOGRAPHY, W.H. AUDEN, WRITER. AUTOR. POEMS.POETRY, LITERATURE, Literary Criticism|Poetry, Jacket, 8vo. Hardback. First edition. xxii, 570pp. A study of W.H.Auden's later poems, from 1939 until his death in 1973. A Fine+ copy with no inscriptions or foxing, in a Fine unclipped dustwrapper.

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Later Auden

Edward Mendelson was handpicked by W.H. Auden as his literary executor. As the man who has overseen every posthumous edition of the poet's work, Mendelson has an intimate understanding of Auden's writings that few can match. While Later Auden is, of course, in one sense a sequel to Early Auden, it is also complete unto itself, and although it does contain some biographical elements, it is not strictly speaking a biography--more a work of literary criticism informed by biography. Thus, while beginning with Auden's 1939 arrival in the United States from his native England, Mendelson immediately launches into an extended analysis of the poem "In Memory of W.B. Yeats," which in turn leads to a discussion of Auden's conception of the poetic "gift" in battle with his intellect. Ample space is given throughout the book for Auden's poetry and prose, revealing rather than describing his views on politics, literature, sexuality, and other issues. But Mendelson is always careful to show how, even when Auden is positioning himself at his most detached, the writings are always informed by his life's circumstances. Later Auden (along with its companion volume) is probably the closest we shall ever come to an indispensable guide to Auden's work--and perhaps the next best thing to reading the poems themselves.

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