Lectures on Shakespeare

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Faber & Faber, 2000 - 398 pagine
In New York in 1946-7 Auden undertook to lecture informally on all Shakespeare's plays (except Titus Andronicus and The Merry Wives of Windsor) as well as the Sonnets. Since he believed that 'criticism is live conversation' he discarded his manuscript after each session and it is only thanks to his friend and secretary, Alan Ansen, and some other members of the audience, that the text of this brilliant critical and intellectual feat has been recovered. Some passages were later re-worked in The Dyer's Hand but essentially this is a fresh, exhilarating and witty new experience for Auden's admirers, and an extraordinary addition to the canon of Shakespeare commentaries.

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Recensione dell'utente  - TyUnglebower - LibraryThing

Far too pompous and long winded. Some accuse Auden of making things too common and accessible. Not only do I not agree that that is possible, I certainly do not agree he did it. Not in this book of ... Leggi recensione completa


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Lectures on Shakespeare delivered by British poet and critic Auden in 1946 at the New School for Social Research in New York, carefully reconstructed by Kirsch from students' notes.While Auden ... Leggi recensione completa

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W. H. Auden, who was born in York, England, on February 21, 1907, is one of the most successful and well-known poets of the 20th century. Educated at Oxford, Auden served in the Spanish Civil War, which greatly influenced his work. He also taught in public schools in Scotland and England during the 1930s. It was during this time that he rose to public fame with such works as "Paid on Both Sides" and "The Orators." Auden eventually immigrated to the United States, becoming a citizen in 1946. It was in the U.S. that he met his longtime partner Chester Kallman. Stylistically, Auden was known for his incomparable technique and his linguistic innovations. The term Audenesque became an adjective to describe the contemporary sounding speech reflected in his poems. Auden's numerous awards included a Bollingen Prize in Poetry, A National Book Award for "The Shield of Achilles," a National Medal for Literature from the National Book Committee, and a Gold Medal from the National Institute of Arts and Letters. Numerous volumes of his poetry remain available today, including "About the House" and "City Without Walls." W.H. Auden died on September 28, 1973 in Vienna.

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