As both a politically engaged and stylistically versatile poet, W.H. Auden is one of the most influential writers of the twentieth century. His work is not only widely studied and read, but has been used in musical scores and quoted in Hollywood films.
This guide to Auden’s compelling work offers:
- an accessible introduction to the contexts and many interpretations of Auden’s texts, from publication to the present
- an introduction to key critical texts and perspectives on Auden’s life and work, situated in a broader critical history
- cross-references between sections of the guide, in order to suggest links between texts, contexts and criticism
- suggestions for further reading.
Part of the Routledge Guides to Literature series, this volume is essential reading for all those beginning detailed study of W.H. Auden and seeking not only a guide to his works but also a way through the wealth of contextual and critical material that surrounds them.
Table of Contents
Introduction Part 1: Life and Contexts Life. The Literary Context. The Historical Context. The Personal Context Part 2: The Work Auden's Books of Poetry. A Note on Auden as Dramatist. Poems Individually Considered Part 3: Criticism Critical Contours: Auden and His Readers. Critical Perspectives Part 4: Further Reading Chronology. Select Bibliography
About the Series
Routledge Guides to Literature are clear introductions to authors and texts most frequently studied by undergraduate students of literature. Each book explores texts, contexts and criticism, highlighting the critical views and contextual factors that students must consider in advanced studies of literary works.
Each guide presents a variety of approaches and interpretations, encouraging readers to think critically about 'standard' views and to make independent readings of literary texts. Alongside general guides to texts and authors, the series includes 'sourcebooks', which incorporate extracts from key contextual and critical materials as well as annotated passages from the primary text.
Some books in this series were originally published in the Routledge Literary Sourcebook series, edited by Duncan Wu, or the Complete Critical Guide to English Literature series, edited by Richard Bradford and Jan Jedrzjewski.
BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
- LITERARY CRITICISM / General
- LITERARY CRITICISM / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
- LITERARY CRITICISM / Poetry