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The Complete Works of W. H. Auden, Volume II:
Prose: 1939-1948
W. H. Auden
Edited by Edward Mendelson

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"At last, we have a big book in which we can step into the quarry of ideas, good and bad, from which [Auden] mined [his] poems. . . . The essays are overwhelming in the number and variety of the subjects addressed, ideas aired, capital letters employed, and systems invented to prove a small point. . . . The essays are also a reminder of how many more places a poet could work out his worries in public fifty years ago. . . . If he sometimes sounds in the forties as if he were speaking to us from a very high soapbox in a very big square, well, listen: we can hear him, still."--Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker

"To read a mere decade's worth of Auden's essays, reviews, articles and miscellaneous musings is to be reminded that the best English poet of the 20th century was one of its brightest commentators. His range of interests was incomparably wide, his manner generally clear and always insightful, his curiosity unflagging."--Glyn Maxwell, The Guardian

"Auden's range of topics is impressively, even dizzyingly broad. . . . Auden did not sacrifice depth; numerous pieces are reflective, analytic, and otherwise carefully developed, and few of the pieces seem dated. . . . Like its predecessors, the book is the model of an intelligently edited compilation."--Choice

"Auden displays the capacious intellect, wide-ranging sympathies, and unfaltering brilliance that make him one of the most admired writers of the 20th century. Mendelson's meticulously edited collection will be a delight for all who relish the work of this massive, mid-century mind."--Virginia Quarterly Review

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