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W. H. Auden Prose Volume 3 (1949-1955)

W. H. Auden

W. H. Auden Prose Volume 3 (1949-1955) is a new volume, published in Auden’s Centenary year.

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This is the fifth volume to be published in the ongoing complete edition of Auden’s works, under the editorship of Edward Mendelson. It includes the essays, reviews, and other prose that Auden published or prepared for publication between 1949 — when he wrote his first book of criticism, The Enchafèd Flood — and December 1955, shortly before he was elected Professor of Poetry at Oxford and began the series of lectures that he published, with much else, in The Dyer’s Hand.

The texts throughout this edition are, wherever possible, newly edited from Auden’s manuscripts, and the notes report variant readings from all published versions.


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…

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