The Cambridge Companion to W. H. Auden

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Stan Smith
Cambridge University Press, 2004 - Literary Collections - 261 pages
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This volume brings together specially commissioned essays by some of the world's leading experts on the life and work of W. H. Auden, one of the major English-speaking poets of the twentieth century. The volume's contributors include a prize-winning poet, Auden's literary executor and editor, and his most recent, widely acclaimed biographer. It offers fresh perspectives on his work from Auden critics, alongside specialists from such diverse fields as drama, ecological and travel studies. It provides scholars, students and general readers with a comprehensive and authoritative account of Auden's life and works in clear and accessible English. Besides providing authoritative accounts of the key moments and dominant themes of his poetic development, the Companion examines his language, style and formal innovation, his prose and critical writing and his ideas about sexuality, religion, psychoanalysis, politics, landscape, ecology, and globalisation. It also contains a comprehensive bibliography of writings about Auden.
  

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Contents

STAN SMITH
1
Introduction i
8
Audens life and character
15
Audens England
25
Auden in America
39
The European Auden
55
Audens travel writings
68
theatre film and opera
82
Auden and modern theory
137
power authority and the individual
152
Auden psychology and society
165
love sexuality desire
175
Auden and religion
188
Audens landscapes
200
Auden and ecology
212
Auden and influence
226

Audens light and seriocomic verse
96
TONY SHARPE
110
language and style
123
Bibliographic essay and review of Auden studies
240
Index
247
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About the author (2004)

Stan Smith is Research Professor in Literary Studies at the Nottingham Trent University.

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