Presented in one volume for the very first time, and updated with new archival discoveries, Early Auden, Later Auden reintroduces Edward Mendelson's acclaimed, two-part biography of W. H. Auden (1907â73), one of the greatest literary figures of the twentieth century. This book offers a detailed history and interpretation of Audenâs oeuvre, spanning the duration of his career from juvenilia to his final works in poetry as well as theatre, film, radio, opera, essays, and lectures.
Early Auden, Later Auden follows the evolution of the poetâs thought, offering a comparison of Audenâs views at various junctures over a lifetime. With penetrating insight, Mendelson examines Audenâs early ideas, methods, and personal transitions as reflected in poems, manuscripts, and private papers. The book then links changes in Audenâs intellectual, emotional, and religious experience with his shifting public roleâshowing the depth of his personal struggles with self and with fame, and the means by which these internal conflicts were reflected in his art in later years.
Featuring a new preface by the author, Early Auden, Later Auden is an engaging and timeless work that demonstrates Audenâs remarkable range and complexity, paying homage to his enduring legacy.
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