- Paperback: 544 pages
- Publisher: Vintage; Reissue edition (February 19, 1990)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0679724850
- ISBN-13: 978-0679724858
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.1 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
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Forewords and Afterwords Paperback – February 19, 1990
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From the Inside Flap
The essays in this collection were written as reviews, mainly for The New York Review of Books and The New Yorker, on books by or about Alexander Pope, Vincent van Gogh, Thomas Mann, Virginia Woolf, Oscar Wilde, and A. E. Housman, or as introductions to editions of the classical Greek writers, the Protestant mystics, Shakespeare, Goethe, Kierkegaard, Tennyson, Grimm and Andersen, Poe, G. K. Chesterton, Paul Valery, and others. Throughout, these prose pieces reveal the same wit and intelligence--as well as the vision--that sparked the brilliance of Auden's poetry.
About the Author
W. H. Auden (1907-1973) was one of the wittiest and most worldly of English poetry's great twentieth century masters. His work ranges from the political to the religious, from the urbane to the romantic. He is also, with his exhilarating lyrical power and understanding of love and longing in all their sacred and profane guises, an exemplary champion of human wisdom in its encounter with the mysteries of experience. More than any other poet, Auden used his poetry as an instrument to study the massive forces, dramas, and upheavals of the twentieth century, and his work displays an astonishing range of voice and breadth of concern.
Top customer reviews
Auden was a genius, "the most intelligent man I ever met" was the verdict of Golo Mann, Thomas's son, and Robert Craft was almost equally impressed by the unpressed poet's amazing intellect, even though he was clearly destroying it with a combination of Lucky Strikes, barbiturates, and innumerable vodka martinis.
Auden's estimates are almost always reliable in the sense that he never praises a book too little or too much. He does come a cropper occasionally, arguing for example that Robert Gutman's book on Wagner is a welcome addition to the literature on that infamous genius, when in fact Gutman is dead wrong about MEISTERSINGER as an anti-Semitic screed and dubious on other matters.
Buy this book if you're not familiar with Auden's approach to lit crit and reviewing. If you like it as much as I do, you'll probably want to acquire the Collected Prose, though be prepared to fork out two hundred dollars to do so.