Auden by Richard Davenport-Hines

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A masterful biography of one of the greatest English poets and most compelling literary figures of the 20th century, Auden is the first to take the full measure of the poet's achievements, his insatiable thirst for experience, his navigation between the needs of discipline and the lure of his addictions and lusts.
 

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Richard Davenport-Hines was born in 1953 and lives in London.
 
Published February 6, 1996 by Pantheon. 406 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction, History. Non-fiction

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Davenport-Hines is especially good at briskly characterizing the English-born poet's social and intellectual milieu in New York City, where he immigrated in 1939, offering wonderfully vivid glimpses of Auden's companion Chester Kallman (``He disliked all physical exercise except cruising, which d...

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Poet W.H. Auden (1907-1973) scrupulously never kissed and told; very little biographical material made it into his work, and that which did was often later suppressed by him. Davenport-Hines (The Macm

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Davenport-Hines (The Macmillans) here traces many of Auden's poems, plays, essays, reviews and libretti to life events Auden never showed us, mostly notably his charged relationships with men.

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