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In pursuit of the roots of and influences on Auden’s poetry and personality, Richard Davenport-Hines explores the experiences and issues of the poet's life. From Freud to Auden’s struggles to reconcile his homosexuality and his Christianity, from the heady intellectual life of Oxford in the 1920s to the devastation of post war Germany, Davenport-Hines explicates how the events became fused with Auden’s character. He also brings passionate lovers’ quarrels in the cafés of Weimar Berlin and budding mid-century New York art scene to life. The result is an insightful and intimate portrait of Auden.
Praise for Auden:
“Arresting...reveals the trajectory of Auden’s emotional development to a degree not achieved before.”—The New York Times
“The finest one-volume biography of the poet to date.”—San Francisco Chronicle
“This biography gives us many moving glimpses into the workings of a fine poet’s mind.”—Los Angeles Times Book Review