New York: Random House, 1937. Photos by authors. First Edition. Cloth. Small 4to (9 1/8" x 6 1/8"), beige buckram with green & off-white pictorial printed paper labels on spine and front cover, illustrated with 58 B&W photos by the authors, includes Auden's lengthy "Letter to Lord Byron" & an "Eclogue from Iceland" by MacNiece plus various epistles, archival glassine sleeve added, publisher's light blue topstain to pages, map endpapers with travels outlined in green, 269 pages. 1 lb. 7 oz. Near Fine / None. Item #5983
Wystan Hugh Auden (1907 – 1973) was a major Anglo-American poet. His poetry was noted for its stylistic and technical achievement, its engagement with politics, morals, love, and religion, and its variety in tone, form, and content. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for his 1947 long poem The Age of Anxiety. He was Prof. of Poetry at Oxford (1956-61).
in Letters from Iceland (1937), Auden tried out his then belief that an artist should be a kind of journalist, which he put this view into practice with this travel book in prose and verse written with Louis MacNeice. It was also noteworthy for Auden's long social, literary, and autobiographical commentary "Letter to Lord Byron."
SUPERIOR CONDITION. Tight, bright copy with previous owner's signature atop the front map endpaper. No dust jacket. No foxing though very light uniform toning to pages and covers, which also have slight overall wear. Label on spine is faded; that on front cover quite bright and with min wear.