Auden and Isherwood by Norman Page
The Berlin Years

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Like Paris in the '20s, Berlin in the early thirties was one of the most exciting cities in the world. As the Weimar Republic sputtered to a close and war loomed on the horizon, the city was a magnet for talented writers and artists. It was in this now-vanished time and place that W.H. Auden and Christopher Isherwood lived, wrote and slept together. Norman Page tells the story of how these years shaped these important writers and, in doing so, illuminates a bygone era.
 

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Norman Page is Emeritus Professor of English at Nottingham University in England.
 
Published August 17, 1998 by Palgrave Macmillan Ltd. 240 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction, Travel, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Housman) calls ""too discreet, too evasive, too readily disposed to encode and displace, to make use of what must have been wonderfully colourful material."" That Isherwood's stories were autobiographical fiction rather than autobiography and were written for a more censorious generation, yet ins...

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London Review of Books

Bayley’s own answer to this question is that Auden was a certain kind of symbolist, but one who leans very lightly on what he is doing – ‘Auden is very much a new type of aesthete, who sees art not as religion but as a game, to be played with as skilful and individual a touch as possible’ – and h...

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The New York Review of Books

And I think the term “imaginative awe” only makes sense in relation to the poetry of Hardy, and that of the early or English Auden too, if we strip the term of any notion of rapture and think of it as describing a position of radical detachment, allowing all to be surveyed as if from the summit o...

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The New York Review of Books

Spender told Auden he wondered whether he, Spender, ought to write prose.

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