The Cambridge Companion to W. H. Auden

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Stan Smith
Cambridge University Press, Jan 13, 2005 - Literary Criticism
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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

1 Introduction
1
2 Audens life and character
15
3 Audens England
25
4 Auden in America
39
5 The European Auden
55
6 Audens travel writings
68
theatre film and opera
82
8 Audens light and seriocomic verse
96
power authority and the individual
152
13 Auden psychology and society
165
love sexuality desire
175
15 Auden and religion
188
16 Audens landscapes
200
17 Auden and ecology
212
18 Auden and influence
226
19 Bibliographic essay and review of Auden studies
240

9 Audens prose
110
language and style
123
11 Auden and modern theory
137
Index
247
Cambridge Companions to Literature
262
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About the author (2005)

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

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