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Letters from Iceland

W. H. Auden

A wonderful collection of correspondence and observation from two masterful poets.

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£14.99
Format
Paperback
ISBN
9780571283521
Date Published
15.11.2018
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Summary

In the summer of 1936, W. H. Auden and Louis MacNeice visited Iceland on commission to write a travel book, but found themselves capturing concerns on a scale that were far more international. ‘Though writing in a “holiday” spirit,’ commented Auden, ‘its authors were all the time conscious of a threatening horizon to their picnic – world-wide unemployment, Hitler growing everyday more powerful and a world-war more inevitable.’ The result is the remarkable Letters from Iceland, a collaboration in poetry and prose, reportage and correspondence, published in 1937 with the Spanish Civil War newly in progress, beneath the shadow of looming world war.

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…

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