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