W. H. Auden Essay - W. H. Auden Contemporary Criticism (Vol. 3)

W. H. Auden Contemporary Criticism (Vol. 3)

Auden, W(ystan) H(ugh) 1907–1973

Auden, an Anglo-American poet, essayist, composer, critic, playwright, and teacher, succeeded Eliot as the "greatest living poet." His poetry is rooted in the tradition of English poetry—from Anglo-Saxon and Middle-English verse through Pope, Hopkins, and Eliot. The recipient of many important honors, he was also awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1948 for The Age of Anxiety. (See also Contemporary Authors, Vols. 9-12, rev. ed.)

I doubt whether any man living has read everything published by W. H. Auden, probably the most prolific poet-critic of the twentieth century. Not only the quantity but the range of Auden's writing is the most extensive of any...

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