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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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As accessible as popular songs, yet because they are the work of one of our century's great poets, they are by turns lyrical, tender, sardonic, courtly and risque in ways that have distinguished Auden's poetic discourse. 256p. Pap.
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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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Homage to Clio

By W. H. Auden

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(1960). 8vo. 1st edition (preceding English edition). Minor edgewear to boards, with very light bumping and rubbing to edges and extremities. Slight darkening to top edges of boards. Mild toning to paste-downs and endpapers, with a few spots of foxing to back endpapers. Some edgewear to dust jacket, with some very small closed tears to top edge and some light chipping to fore-edges and spine. Fading to spine and mild toning to d.j. overall. VG/VG.
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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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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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Staple-bound 8vo. Tanning to spine. VG in wrappers.
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