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Complete Works of W.H. Auden: Prose and Travel Books in Prose and Verse: Volume I. 1926-1938

by W. H. Auden & Edward Mendelson Princeton University Press
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This book contains all the essays and reviews that W. H. Auden wrote during the years when he was living in England, and also includes the full original versions of his two illustrated travel books, Letters from Iceland (written in collaboration with Louis MacNeice) and Journey to a War (written in collaboration with Christopher Isherwood). Auden's early prose ranges from extravagant indiscreet travel diaries through sharply observed critiques of writers from John Skelton to Winston Churchill. It includes studies of Communism and Christianity; audaciously wide-ranging essays on literature, psychology, and politics; and writings about gossip, sex, prisons, and schools. The editor's notes include explanations of contemporary and private allusions. The long 'Last Will and Testament' written in verse by Auden and MacNeice, which Evelyn Waugh described as a 'gossip column,' is annotated in full. The book will interest not only Auden's many admirers, but everyone concerned with twentieth-century literature and culture. About the series: In 1928, Stephen Spender hand-printed thirty copies of a small volume of poems by his friend W. H. Auden--the first published book by a man who was to become the dominant literary figure of his generation and one of the century's greatest poets. Sixty years later, Princeton University Press inaugurated an edition of the complete works of Auden, which is intended to serve as the definitive text for all the works Auden published or intended to publish in the form in which he expected to see them printed: his plays and other drama, libretti, essays and reviews, and poems. The Complete Works of W. H. Auden will provide a unique opportunity to solve the numerous textual problems connected with the severe revisions Auden made in his own works. The texts are newly edited from Auden's manuscripts by Edward Mendelson, the literary executor of the Auden estate.

The Text of This Edition
Preface to Oxford Poetry 1926
By W. H. Auden, Charles Plumb
Preface to Oxford Poetry 1927
By W. H. Auden, C. Day-Lewis
A Review of Instinct and Intuition, by George Binney Dibblee
A Review of The Grasshoppers Come, by David Garnett
A Review of The Complete Poems of John Skelton
A Review of Edda and Saga, by Bertha S. Phillpotts
A Review of The Prisoner's Soul - and Our Own, by Eivind Berggrav
Private Pleasure
Problems of Education
A Review of The Evolution of Sex, by Dr Gregorio Maranon, and The Biological Tragedy of Women, by Anton Nemilov
Gentleman versus Player
A Review of the Dark Places of Education, by Dr Willi Schohaus
A Poet Tells Us How to Be Masters of the Machine
A Review of Culture and Environment, by F. R. Leavis and Denys Thompson, and Other Books
A Review of The Poems of William Dunbar
What Is Wrong with Architecture?
A Review of The Book of Talbot, by Violet Clifton
The First Lord Melchett
The Group Movement and the Middle Classes
The Liberal Fascist "Honour"
"T. E. Lawrence"
Life's Old Boy
A Review of The Poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins, by Elsie Elizabeth Phare
A Review of Modern Poetic Drama, by Priscilla Thouless
A Review of English Poetry for Children, by R. L. Megroz
In Search of Dracula
To Unravel Unhappiness
Lowes Dickinson
John Skelton
Psychology and Art To-day
Introduction to The Poet's Tongue
By W. H. Auden, John Garrett
The Good Life
Everyman's Freedom
The Bond and the Free
"From the Series "I Want the Theatre to Be...""
A Review of Documentary Film, by Paul Rotha
Psychology and Criticism
A Review of Questions of Our Day, by Havelock Ellis
Selling the Group Theatre
Honest Doubt
"Robert Frost"
A Review of The Book of Margery Kempe
A Modern Use of Masks: An Apologia
Are You Dissatisfied with This Performance?
The Average Man
Four Stories of Crime
Poetry, Poets, and Taste
Adventures in the Air
A Novelist's Poems
Crime Tales and Puzzles
Letters from Iceland
By W. H. Auden, Louis MacNeice
Impressions of Valencia
Royal Poets
A Review of Illusion and Reality, by Christopher Caudwell
"From Authors Take Sides on the Spanish War"
Preface to the Catalogue of Oil Paintings by Past and Present Members of the Downs School, Colwall
By W. H. Auden, T. C. Worsley
A Good Scout
In Defence of Gossip
Introduction to The Oxford Book of Light Verse
Jehovah Housman and Satan Housman
Chinese Diary
By W. H. Auden, Christopher Isherwood
Meeting the Japanese
By W. H. Auden, Christopher Isherwood
By W. H. Auden, Christopher Isherwood
The Sportsmen: A Parable
"Message to the Chinese People"
By W. H. Auden, Christopher Isherwood
Men of Thought and Action
Ironworks and University
Democracy's Reply to the Challenge of Dictators
Nonsense Poetry
Introduction to Poems of Freedom, edited by John Mulgan
Foreword to Poet Venturers: A Collection of Poems Written by Bristol School Boys and Girls
"The Noble Savage"
A New Short Story Writer
The Teaching of English
Morality in an Age of Change
George Gordon Byron
Journey to a War
By W. H. Auden, Christopher Isherwood
App. I. Auden as Anthologist and Editor
App. II. Reported Lectures
App. III. Auden on the Air
App. IV. Public Letters Signed by Auden and Others
App. V. Lost and Unwritten Work
Textual Notes
Index of Titles, First Lines, and Books Reviewed

A rich mine of reading here for scholars and informed lay readers alike. . . . -- Library Journal Before famously (and more or less permanently) emigrating to New York in 1939, W.H. Auden was not only the foremost English poet of his generation but also a prolific reviewer and essayist whose tastes and political sensibilities dominated the anti-fascist England of the 1930s. . . . this essential volume in a projected complete edition restores the voracious reader and never pedantic critic to the master poet. -- Publisher's Weekly We need Auden again, sacred and profane. As the New Age lunges into the volcano, we could do worse than read the Auden of the '30s, if only to prepare us to understand, and value, the later Audens . . . The Complete Works, edited with elegant scruple by Auden's literary executor Edward Mendelson is . . . the only way to get at Auden as he happened, year by year, bit by bit, and not as he, or his later biographers, want us to think of him. -- Tom D'Evelyn, The Boston Book Review For anyone interested in 'early Auden' this book is indispensable. -- Bernard Knox, The New York Review of Books

Edward Mendelson is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University and the author of Early Auden. He is the editor of the previous volumes in The Complete Works of W. H. Auden: Plays and Other Dramatic Writings, 1928-1938 and Libretti and Other Dramatic Writings, 1939-1973 and of two volumes of Auden's poetry, Collected Poems and The English Auden.