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World Within World: The Autobiography of Stephen Spender (Modern Library) Hardcover – Bargain Price, January 2, 2001
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I originally acquired the book after reading an excerpt in an old 1940s issue of Partisan Review, and I was fairly seduced by Spender's vivid depictions of the hedonistic tendencies exhibited by young Germans he visited just prior to the disintegration of the Weimar Republic.
Spender's insights into human nature, however, all so poetically rendered, were what I most marvelled at. The book also is packed with historical, political, and social commentary regarding the period in which he lived: Spender was an intimate of Auden, he aided Republican Spain during the Civil War, he was a Communist and a bi-sexual, and he served in a fire brigade during the bombing of London. Despite my own personal stances against his early political and sexual proclivities (both of which he apparently renounced in later years), I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Aside from a few eccentricities regarding punctuation, I seriously doubt that autobiography has been written quite as well as this by anyone.
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I find book disappointing and somewhat less than candid. Not Amazon's fault of course. Afterword by author if anything makes matters worse.Published on May 11, 2014 by John Upson
I wanted to read World Within World primarily for Spender's comments upon life in Germany's Weimar republic--the frightening shadows cast upon this time and place for later... Read morePublished on May 23, 2012 by chainlink