Sunday, April 13, 2014

THE SECRET AUDEN




A wonderful piece from the New York Review of Books:  "The Secret Auden" by Edward Mendelsen.

Excerpts:

"W.H. Auden had a secret life that his closest friends knew little or nothing about. Everything about it was generous and honorable. He kept it secret because he would have been ashamed to have been praised for it."

"Someone else recalled that Auden had once been told that a friend needed a medical operation that he couldn’t afford. Auden invited the friend to dinner, never mentioned the operation, but as the friend was leaving said, “I want you to have this,” and handed him a large notebook containing the manuscript of The Age of Anxiety. The University of Texas bought the notebook and the friend had the operation."

“All the poems I have written were written for love,” [Auden] said; “naturally, when I have written one, I try to market it, but the prospect of a market played no role in its writing.”

A perfect thought with which to begin Holy Week.



"A REAL BOOK IS NOT ONE THAT WE READ,
BUT ONE THAT READS US."
W.H. AUDEN

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  2. "A real book would be. . ." That would be the Bible then :-)

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