Forewords and Afterwords

Forewords and Afterwords[Read] ➪ Forewords and Afterwords Author W.H. Auden – Jobs-in-kingston.co.uk The essays in this collection were written as reviews, mainly for The New York Review of Books and The New Yorker, on books by or about Alexander Pope, Vincent van Gogh, Thomas Mann, Virginia Woolf, O The essays in this collection were written as reviews, mainly for The New York Review of books and The New Yorker, on books by or about Alexander Pope, Vincent van Gogh, Thomas Mann, Virginia Woolf, Oscar Wilde, and A E Housman, or as Forewords and PDF/EPUB ² introductions to editions of the classical Greek writers, the Protestant mystics, Shakespeare, Goethe, Kierkegaard, Tennyson, Grimm and Andersen, Poe, G K Chesterton, Paul Val ry, and others Throughout, these prose pieces reveal the same wit and intelligence as well as the vision that sparked the brilliance of Auden s poetry. The only drawback that this book has personal in nature, to some extent Auden has composed beautifully crafted essays in this book which is beneficial for anyone interested in the theory of literature He has covered most of the topics that a student or an enthusiast would like to knowMany things that I wasn t aware of historically got from this book The essay on marriage of true minds adds a new dimension to the concepts of union of two greats in practical life I enjoyed the The only drawback that this book has personal in nature, to some extent Auden has composed beautifully crafted essays in this book which is beneficial for anyone interested in the theory of literature He has covered most of the topics that a student or an enthusiast would like to knowMany things that I wasn t aware of historically got from this book The essay on marriage of true minds adds a new dimension to the concepts of union of two greats in practical life I enjoyed the book These are some of the best essays on art, methodology, inner life, history, and spirituality that I ve ever come across They re astounding The essay on Poe alone, is worth the price Alongside the similar analysis of DH Lawrence, superb Frequent references to Baudelaire abound You can find even a footnote, exquisiteTS Eliot mentioned to meWhat Yeah man This is WH Auden Its like having seen Olivier on stage.It s otherwise a modest, temperate, understated, and conversational chat a These are some of the best essays on art, methodology, inner life, history, and spirituality that I ve ever come across They re astounding The essay on Poe alone, is worth the price Alongside the similar analysis of DH Lawrence, superb Frequent references to Baudelaire abound You can find even a footnote, exquisiteTS Eliot mentioned to meWhat Yeah man This is WH Auden Its like having seen Olivier on stage.It s otherwise a modest, temperate, understated, and conversational chat about the classics Lucid and illuminating authoritative Very much a pleasure to progress through But some passages are searing as lightning strikes Multiple jolts per page.Good God Where are men like this any left in the world What can we say about our times that such minds are completely unknown Why does the stupid NFL dominate our culture Forwards and Afterwards W.H AudenA collection of essays about literature, Forewords and Afterwords is a nice collection of reviews, forewords and such but it suffers from a lack of context, not to mention age.Today, Auden s remembered mostly as a poet when he s remembered at all, anyway , but during his lifetime he was a voluminous writer and lecturer He translated, wrote librettos and taught at universities on both sides of the Atlantic And he wrote a lot for the trades, too.These are gen Forwards and Afterwards W.H AudenA collection of essays about literature, Forewords and Afterwords is a nice collection of reviews, forewords and such but it suffers from a lack of context, not to mention age.Today, Auden s remembered mostly as a poet when he s remembered at all, anyway , but during his lifetime he was a voluminous writer and lecturer He translated, wrote librettos and taught at universities on both sides of the Atlantic And he wrote a lot for the trades, too.These are generally what comprises Forewords and Afterwords It s generally taken from the last decade of Auden s life, when he wrote short book reviews for slicks like The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books and elsewhere In these, he generally lays down his ideas on prose, what a biographer should include or ignore and the perils of translation.Some of his ideas are interesting, if a bit odd He doesn t just think writers should have biographies written about them, he suggests most writers would gladly publish anonymously to stay out of the spotlight Likewise, he draws a thick line between private and public life and what a biographer should cover For example, Auden writes that Charles Dickens disastrous marriage doesn t offer any light on his novels, so why should it be reported Elsewhere, he says reading correspondence between people after their death is no better than sneaking a peek at their letters when they re out of the room I wonder what he made of James Joyce s infamous love letters, let alone their publication Of course, he has no problem bending his own rules when it comes to a book he likes, like a biography of Alexander Pope One wonders if his own messy private life which ranged from sexual excess, binge drinking to messy relationships with women like Hannah Arendt is simply why he holds this opinion.Elsewhere, he betrays an attitude that s either intentionally cantankerous or just reflective of snobby taste When reviewing Lincoln Kerstein s long forgotten book of poetry Rhymes of a PFC, he calls it the best book he s read about World War II, slighting books like Catch 22, The Naked and the Dead, The Thin Red Line andStill, at times, he writes with force, particularly on religious matters I especially liked his line when reviewing a science book through his devout Episcopalian beliefs If it is a statistical impossibility that I should be walking the Earth instead of a million other people, I can only think of it as a miracle I must do my best to deserve The forewords collected in this book are also interesting snapshots of their time they were written his take on Shakespeare s sonnets is wildly different than other writers not only is he uninterested in their subject and circumstances, he casually dismisses several of them Going through the hundred and fifty four of them, I can find forty nine which seem to me excellent throughout, a good number of the rest have one or two memorable lines but there are also several which I can only read out of a sense of duty Of course, he makes the interesting observation of their publication did Shakespeare intend for them to be made public And if not, was publishing them after his death tantamount to betraying his privacy It s an interesting take on someone who s writing an introduction to a collection of them And questions Auden poses again and again.I suppose the great flaw of a collection like this also works as one of it s virtues by this time, so many of these books have fallen out of print and into obscurity that reading about them has the duel effect of spotlighting something impossible to find Another example he praises a collection of writing by Russian author Konstantin Leontiev called Against the Current The book he praises is long out of print and goes for a pretty penny on sites likeAnd Leontiev himself has fallen basically into the abyss I don t think any collection of his writing is in print at all Reading about Leontiev raises his profile a bit, but it s also like reading about music you can t hear or a painting you can t see you re trusting the critic to portray something you ll likely never encounter And, as shown above, Auden was somewhat problematic in his opinions, so that trust is only grudgingly given if at all.Despite his contrariness and desire for privacy, some of the books most interesting passages come when he interjects his own life into his reviews, comparing his upbringing to that of Evelyn Waugh, outlining his family history or the importance of reading Greek in prep school He never would ve written an autobiography even when he writes of himself, it s hard not to feel a shade being drawn over his past but when he shows a little of himself, his reviews shine.In all, a bit of a mixed bag some of the introductions and reviews are interesting, especially if you re familiar with the books or authors involved He certainly convinced me to lookinto Goethe and Henry Mayhew s books But elsewhere, the reviews lack interest to someone in 2015 After all, it s hard to convince anyone to read a book these days it s harder still to convince them on something published nearly 40 years ago Interesting to literary snobs and Auden fans And occasionally, his prose shines and makes me curious in reading The Dyer s Hand, not to mention any other collection of his as yet uncollected nonfiction but not enough for me to recommend

Forewords and Afterwords PDF/EPUB ê Forewords and
  • Paperback
  • 544 pages
  • Forewords and Afterwords
  • W.H. Auden
  • English
  • 09 June 2018
  • 0679724850