Wystan and Chester by Thekla Clark

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British poet W.H. Auden achieved international renown for his vibrant depiction of everyday experience. The inspired eclecticism, passion, and anguish of his life have been recorded in this candid account, along with a personal portrait of his relationship of 30 years with poet and librettist Chester Kallman. The biography was written by Thelka Clark, their close friend over two decades. 15 photos.

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Faye Hammill is Senior Lecturer in English at Cardiff University. She is the author of Literary Culture and Female Authorship in Canada 1760-2000 (2003), co-editor of the Encyclopaedia of British Women's Writing 1900-1950 (2006), and editor of The British Journal of Canadian Studies.
Published January 1, 1996 by Columbia University Press. 130 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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`' `You are so fortunate to have all your reproductive organs inside you' he said, `not these ridiculous things I find attached to me as an afterthought.' He and I had long and detailed gynecological discussions, but we forbore from having them at table after one night Chester screamed, `Mercy!' ...

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Clark writes frankly about Auden and Kallman's ""extracurricular"" affairs, their reliance on alcohol and Kallman's disintegration, but is never titillating or judgmental.

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