Forewords and afterwords
The essays in this collection have been selected from two sources: reviews written for literary magazines, and introductions to new editions of other writers' works. The essays range over the centuries and Mr Auden's journalism reveals the same wit and intelligence that marked his poetry, though he once said that he wrote his poems for love while he earned his living by prose.
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THE GREEKS AND US
AUGUSTUS TO AUGUSTINE
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A. E. Housman admired aesthetic Arthur Waugh artist beautiful become believe C. P. Cavafy C. S. Lewis Catholic century character child Christian Church comic consciousness creatures criticism culture dream English example existence experience fact faith father feel friends Goethe Greek hand happy hero homosexual human imagine individual intellectual interest Kierkegaard kind knew letters Lewis Carroll libretto literary living married matter means migraine mind moral mystical nature never object opera passion person play poem poet poetry political Pope possible Protestant Protestantism reader reason relation religion religious seems sense sexual Shakespeare social society sonnets soul speak story suffering Sydney Smith T. S. Eliot talent taste tell things thought tion translation verse Virginia Woolf Vision of Eros W. H. Auden Wagner Waugh Werther Wilde Woolf words write written wrote young