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Author Kirsch, Arthur C.

Title Auden and Christianity / Arthur Kirsch
Published New Haven ; London : Yale University Press, ©2005


Description 1 online resource (xxi, 207 pages)
Contents Early Years -- For the Time Being -- Auden's Criticism -- "Horae Canonicae" -- Later Years
Summary One of the twentieth century's most important poets, W.H. Auden, stands as an eloquent example of an individual within whom thought and faith not only coexist but indeed nourish each other. This book is the first to explore in detail how Auden's religious faith helped him to come to terms with himself as an artist and as a man, despite his early disinterest in religion and his homosexuality. Auden and Christianity shows also how Auden's Anglican faith informs, and is often the explicit subject of, his poetry and prose. Arthur Kirsch, a leading Auden scholar, discusses the poet's boyhood religious experience and the works he wrote before emigrating to the United States as well as his formal return to the Anglican Communion at the beginning of World War II. Kirsch then focuses on Auden's criticism and on neglected and underestimated works of the poet's later years. Through insightful readings of Auden's writings and biography, Kirsch documents that Auden's faith and his religious doubt were the matrix of his work and life
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 181-198) and index
Notes Print version record
SUBJECT Auden, W. H. (Wystan Hugh), 1907-1973.
Auden, W. H. (Wystan Hugh), 1907-1973 fast
Subject Christian biography -- England
Poets, English -- 20th century -- Biography
POETRY -- American -- General.
RELIGION -- Christianity -- Literature & the Arts.
Christian biography
Poets, English
Genre/Form Biographies
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780300128659