The Orators

W. H. Auden
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ISBN 9780571283538 Format Paperback
Published 03/09/2015 Length 112 pages

About Book

When The Orators was originally published in 1932 it was described by Poetry Review as 'something as important as the appearance of Mr Eliot's poems fifteen years ago'. Auden's second book, it confirmed the author's early reputation, built by Poems (1930),as a poet of bravura technique and disturbing insight, and found him exploring both his own complex motives and a society ill-at-ease in the years between the two world wars: 'What do you think about England, this country of ours where nobody is well?'

This edition follows the text of the 1934 second edition, and reflects the revisions made soon after the original publication.

'I have no doubt that it is the most valuable contribution to English poetry since The Waste Land.' John Hayward, The Criterion

  • About W. H. Auden

    W. H. Auden was born in York in 1907 and brought up in Birmingham. His first book, Poems, was published by T. S. Eliot at Faber in 1930. He went to Spain during the civil war, to Iceland (with Louis MacNeice) and later travelled to China. In 1939 he and Christopher Isherwood left for America, where Auden spent the next fifteen years lecturing, reviewing, writing poetry and opera librettos, and editing anthologies. He became an American citizen in 1946, and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1948. In 1956 he was elected Professor of Poetry at Oxford, and a year later went to live in Kirchstetten in Austria, after spending several summers on Ischia. He died in Vienna in 1973.

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