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The Prolific and the Devourer

The Prolific and the Devourer

by W.H. Auden, Leonard Baskin (Illustrator), Edward Mendelson (Introduction)

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Composed during the portentous summer of 1939, soon after he arrived in America from England, this collection of aphorisms documents poet W. H. Auden's precipitate conversion from Marxism to conservative Christianity. Auden abandoned the work in September of that year, dissatisfied with its ``mandarin'' tone, and it remained unpublished until 1981, when the complete manuscript appeared in Antaeus . Although the text contains a number of biographical and psychological insights into Auden's psyche, it is essentially too s ui generis to be of general interest. Auden's decision not to publish was probably a wise one, and one questions the need for a book following the magazine publication. For specialized research collections only.-- Shelley Cox, Southern Illinois Univ. Lib., Carbondale

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