Random House: Bringing You the Best in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Children's Books
Authors
Books
Features
Newletters and Alerts

Buy now from Random House

  • W. H. Auden's Book of Light Verse
  • Written by W. H. Auden
    Preface by Edward Mendelson
  • Format: Trade Paperback | ISBN: 9781590170892
  • Our Price: $24.95
  • Quantity:
See more online stores - W. H. Auden's Book of Light Verse

W. H. Auden's Book of Light Verse

Written by W. H. AudenAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by W. H. Auden
Preface by Edward MendelsonAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Edward Mendelson

W. H. Auden's Book of Light Verse Cover

Bookmark,
Share & Shelve:

  • Add This - W. H. Auden's Book of Light Verse
  • Email this page - W. H. Auden's Book of Light Verse
  • Print this page - W. H. Auden's Book of Light Verse
ABOUT THE BOOK ABOUT THE BOOK
PRAISE PRAISE
Categories for this book
Tags for this book (powered by Library Thing)
Synopsis

Synopsis

Auden's celebrated anthology of light verse is packed with surprising finds while also offering a striking rethinking of the poetic canon. Commissioned by Oxford University Press in the 1930s, when Auden's own work was at its boldest, the book caught its original publisher off guard. For it is less a collection of humorous verses than a celebration of the popular voice in English, in which the work of great satirists like Swift and Byron keeps company with ballads, chanteys, ditties, nursery rhymes, street calls, bathroom graffiti, epitaphs, folk songs, vaudeville turns, limericks, and blues. Turning away from the post-Romantic cult of the sentimental lyric, Auden features poetry that is clear, enjoyable, and, no matter its age, absolutely modern.

This new edition includes previously censored poems, together with Auden's remarkable introduction and a new preface by his literary executor, Edward Mendelson.
Praise

Praise

"This is one of the most delightful anthologies in English."
The Listener

"One of the liveliest and most original anthologies ever compiled."
Times Literary Supplement

  • W. H. Auden's Book of Light Verse by W. H. Auden
  • July 31, 2004
  • Poetry
  • NYRB Classics
  • $24.95
  • 9781590170892

Your E-Mail Address
send me a copy

Recipient's E-Mail Address
(multiple addresses may be separated by commas)

A personal message: