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A Tolkien Treasury

By W. H. Auden

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Collects stories, essays, poems, illustrations, and recipes inspired by the work of J.R.R. Tolkien, and includes contributions by W.H. Auden, Edmund Wilson, Michael Green, Alida Becker, and Ted Johnstone.
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For the Time Being

By W. H. Auden

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For the Time Being is a pivotal book in the career of one of the greatest poets of the twentieth century. W. H. Auden had recently moved to America, fallen in love with a young man to whom he considered himself married, rethought his entire poetic and intellectual equipment, and reclaimed the Christian faith of his childhood. Then, in short order, his relationship fell apart and his mother, to whom he was very close, died. In the midst of this period of personal crisis and intellectual remaking, he decided to write a poem about Christmas and to have it set to music by his friend Benjamin Britten. Applying for a Guggenheim grant, Auden explained that he understood the difficulty of writing something vivid and distinctive about that most clichéd of subjects, but welcomed the challenge. In the end, the poem proved too long and complex to be set by Britten, but in it we have a remarkably ambitious and poetically rich attempt to see Christmas in double focus: as a moment in the history of the Roman Empire and of Judaism, and as an ever-new and always contemporary event for the believer. For the Time Being is Auden's only explicitly religious long poem, a technical tour de force, and a revelatory window into the poet's personal and intellectual development. This edition provides the most accurate text of the poem, a detailed introduction by Alan Jacobs that explains its themes and sets the poem in its proper contexts, and thorough annotations of its references and allusions.
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Introduction by W.H. Auden.
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(New York Review Books Classics). The author’s ongoing quest to comprehend a father who remained always just beyond his reach. 283p.
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Selected Poems

By W. H. Auden

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This publication celebrates the centenary of the poet's birth, presenting a new and significantly expanded edition of the 1979 'Selected Poems,' adding twenty poem to the original hundred, broadening its focus to better reflect the enormous wealth of form, rhetoric, tone, and content in Auden's work. Also new are brief notes explaining references that have become obscure to younger generations of readers, and a revised introduction that reveals more about Auden's emotional life than was known in 1979. 384p.
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When it was first publihsed in 1947, THE AGE OF ANXIETY - W.H. Auden's last, longest, and most ambitious book-length poem - immediateloy struck a powerful chord, capturing the imagination of the cultural moment that it diagnosed and named. Beginining as a conversation among four strangers in a barroom on New York's Third Avenue, Auden's analysis of Western culture druing the Second World War won the Pulitzer Prize and inspired a symphony by Leonard Bernstein as well as a ballet by Jerome Robbins. This volume - the first annotated, critical edition of the poem - introduces this important work to a new generation of readers by putting it in historical and biographical context and elucidating its difficulties. Appendix, Textual Notes. 144p.
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This volume presents Cavafy's complete poems: sixty-three newly translated poems have been added to the widely praised edition first published in 1961, of which Lionel Trilling wrote, 'Rae Davlen's translation...gives the English-speaking world a new poet.' Bibliographical Note, Notes, Bibliography. 312p.
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An allegorical fairytale from the author of 'The Princess and the Goblin' and 'At the Back of the North Wind' about a boy and girl who seek the keyhole that will fit the rainbow's magical key. B&W ill. 85p. (Ages: 5-8).
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Every page in this volume contains some fundamental precursor of the ways in which we think about heroism, destiny, love, politics, tragedy, science, virtue, and thought itself. 726p.
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