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W. H. Auden Hardcover – September 14, 1998

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When British poet Fuller published his Reader's Guide to W.H. Auden (LJ 5/15/70), it was widely praised for its scholarship, organization, and completeness. Fuller, a professor of English at Oxford, knew then that further Auden discoveries were yet to be made; hence this masterfly latest work. Like the earlier book, this is an essential source for understanding so much that is Auden: Anglo-Saxon and Old English influences, allusions, form, and interpretation. An invaluable update, it includes not only Auden's collected and some uncollected poetry beginning in the late 1920s but also his plays, libretti, and (of substantial interest to Auden aficionados) some unused draft material. Fuller's commentary is erudite but also practical in revealing Auden as a complex, demanding poet and human being. Recommended for public and academic libraries.?Robert Kelly, Fort Wayne Community Schs., IN
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"Nobody who wants a richer understanding of this great but often willful poet can dispense with Fuller's assistance."--Frank Kermode, The New Republic

"The entries--this is a work of reference--are marvels of wit, tact, learning, and connoisseurship. Some articles seem definitive. . . . Fuller's commentary bears a family resemblance to scientific, lyrical compendia such as Burton's Anatomy of Melancholy. The odd detail dances in amber sunbeams, translucent, and symbolic."--Tom D'Evelyn, Boston Book Review

"W. H. Auden: A Commentary is a meticulous labor of love and scholarship."--Roger Kimball, The New Criterion

"Auden's criticism is exceptional in its depth and breadth. He thoughtfully comments on almost all the plays as well as the sonnets. . . . Readers will admire Kirsch's Auden. It is quite possible that they will like him, too."--Joseph Sullivan, The World and I --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (September 14, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691004196
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691004198
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 6.8 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
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