Sunday, May 20, 2007

This Day in History: W.H. Auden

1946 : W.H. Auden becomes a U.S. citizen

English poet W.H. Auden becomes an American citizen on this day in 1946.

Auden, who was born in 1907 in England, had his first poem published in a collection called Public School Verse when he was 17. He entered Oxford the following year and befriended several men who became important intellectuals, including Cecil Day-Lewis and Christopher Asherwood. His friend Stephen Spender published Auden's first poetry collection in 1928, the year Auden graduated from Oxford. Two years later, Auden's second book, Poems, was published. Auden spent a year in Berlin, then worked for five years as a teacher in Scotland and England. He later worked for a government film bureau. In the 1930s, Auden's work was highly political. He embraced leftist causes and went to Spain intending to drive an ambulance during the Spanish Civil War. However, he was so appalled by the sacking of Roman Catholic churches that he returned to England. In 1935, he married Thomas Mann's daughter Erika, whom he had never met, to help her escape Nazi Germany. In 1936, he published On This Island.

In 1939, Auden moved to the U.S., and his work became less political as he turned to Christianity. During this time, he wrote such major works as Another Time (1940) and The Double Man (1941).

In 1948, Auden won the Pulitzer Prize for his long poem The Age of Anxiety (1947), which explores human isolation and spiritual emptiness in the modern city. In 1956, he accepted a position as professor of poetry at Oxford, back in England. He stayed at Oxford until 1960 and died in Austria in 1973.

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1. (W. H. Auden) BRECHT, Bertolt.
Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny.

Boston Godine 1976 Hardcover
Translated from the German by W. H. Auden and Chester Kallman. Book club edition. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.
Price: 10.00 USD
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2. AUDEN, W. H.
Homage to Clio.

NY Random House 1960 Hardcover
First printing. This copy belonged to poet, Virginia Brady Young and bears her ownership signature on the front free endpaper. Near fine in a very good (light shelf wear and age darkening) dust jacket.
Price: 30.00 USD
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3. AUDEN, W. H.
Sea and the Mirror: A Commentary on Shakespeare's The Tempest.

Princeton Princeton University Press 2003 0691113718 Hardcover Fine
Edited by Arthur Kirsch. First printing. Previous owner's name on front free endpaper, else fine in a fine dust jacket. ISBN: 0691113718.
Price: 35.00 USD
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4. AUDEN, W. H.
Secondary Worlds: Essays.

NY Random House 1968 Hardcover
First edition. Fine in a near fine (tiny chip at the crown of the spine, two stray ink marks and a short closed tear on the rear panel) dust jacket.
Price: 20.00 USD
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5. AUDEN, W. H. and ISHERWOOD, Christopher.
Ascent of F6: A Tragedy in Two Acts.

London Faber & Faber 1953 Hardcover
Ninth impression. Near fine in a very good (trace dust soiling), price clipped dust jacket.
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