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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. (Bowker Author Biography)
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Selected Poems 1,638 copies, 10 reviews
Collected Poems 1,457 copies, 13 reviews
Tell Me the Truth About Love 555 copies, 9 reviews
The Dyer's Hand and Other Essays 493 copies, 8 reviews
The Portable Greek Reader (Editor) 364 copies
Viking Book of Aphorisms: A Personal Selection (Editor) 362 copies, 5 reviews
Auden: Poems 332 copies, 1 review
Selected poetry of W. H. Auden 294 copies, 1 review
Letters from Iceland 229 copies, 5 reviews
Forewords and Afterwords 210 copies, 1 review
The Oxford Book of Light Verse (Editor) 178 copies, 2 reviews
An Elizabethan song book (Editor) 139 copies, 2 reviews
Another Time 121 copies, 1 review
Journey to a War (Author) 103 copies, 1 review
The Elder Edda: A Selection (Translator) 94 copies
The Seven Deadly Sins 83 copies, 1 review
Thank You, Fog 67 copies, 1 review
The Faber Book of Aphorisms (Editor) 61 copies
Homage to Clio 48 copies, 1 review
Nones 44 copies, 2 reviews
Poems 44 copies
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About the house 40 copies, 2 reviews
Secondary Worlds 39 copies, 1 review
The Shield of Achilles 37 copies, 1 review
Look, Stranger! 36 copies
Norse Poems 35 copies, 1 review
Poet's Tongue 34 copies
The Selected Writings of Sydney Smith (Editor; Introduction; Introduction) 34 copies
Academic Graffiti 31 copies, 2 reviews
Some Poems 18 copies
Selected Essays 16 copies
The Intent of the Critic (Contributor; Contributor) 15 copies
Shorts 15 copies
New year letter 14 copies
The Double Man 10 copies
Night Mail [1936 film] (Screenwriter) 9 copies, 1 review
I Believe 8 copies
Spain 5 copies, 1 review
Mountains 5 copies
The Bassarids {vocal score} (Librettist) 4 copies
Musée des Beaux Arts [poem] 4 copies, 1 review
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Poesie 3 copies
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Early Auden 2 copies
In Memory of W. B. Yeats 2 copies, 1 review
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Night Mail 1 copy
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Lullaby 1 copy
Sonnet 1 copy
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The Sorrows of Young Werther (Translator, some editions) 7,514 copies, 113 reviews
Complete Poems (Introduction, some editions; Narrator, some editions) 1,757 copies, 27 reviews
The Art of Eating (Introduction) 1,754 copies, 19 reviews
Markings (Introduction, Translator, some editions) 1,627 copies, 11 reviews
The Making of a Poem: A Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms (Contributor) 1,129 copies, 9 reviews
Italian Journey: 1786-1788 (Translator, some editions) 1,025 copies, 14 reviews
Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama (Contributor, some editions) 865 copies, 7 reviews
The Golden Key (Afterword, some editions) 706 copies, 20 reviews
The Nation's Favourite Poems (Contributor) 585 copies, 7 reviews
A Pocket Book of Modern Verse (Contributor, some editions) 418 copies, 1 review
The Star Thrower (Introduction, some editions) 417 copies, 4 reviews
The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart: A Poetry Anthology (Contributor) 359 copies, 3 reviews
Brand (Introduction, some editions) 336 copies, 3 reviews
The Spy's Bedside Book (Contributor) 332 copies, 1 review
Literature: The Human Experience (Contributor) 319 copies
Don Giovanni [libretto] (Translator, some editions) 291 copies, 4 reviews
The Faber Book of Modern Verse (Contributor, some editions) 272 copies, 2 reviews
The Lure of the Limerick (Contributor) 266 copies, 7 reviews
The Penguin Book of Contemporary Verse (Contributor, some editions) 254 copies, 3 reviews
The 40s: The Story of a Decade (Contributor) 242 copies, 5 reviews
Intimate Journals (Introduction, some editions) 226 copies, 1 review
The Penguin Book of Homosexual Verse (Contributor) 218 copies, 2 reviews
The Sorrows of Young Werther / Novella (Translator, some editions) 215 copies, 4 reviews
The Living Thoughts of Kierkegaard (Editor) 204 copies, 2 reviews
The Desire & Pursuit of the Whole (Foreword, some editions) 175 copies, 2 reviews
The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (Translator, some editions) 175 copies, 1 review
The Art of Losing (Contributor) 173 copies, 20 reviews
American Religious Poems: An Anthology (Contributor) 148 copies, 1 review
Don Giovanni [catch-all] (Translator, some editions) 143 copies, 5 reviews
The American Scene (Introduction, some editions) 142 copies, 2 reviews
Poets of World War II (Contributor) 128 copies, 2 reviews
American Wits: An Anthology of Light Verse (Contributor) 126 copies, 3 reviews
Adrienne Rich's Poetry [Norton Critical Edition] (Contributor) 118 copies, 1 review
Selected Poems (Editor) 115 copies
Emergency Kit (Contributor, some editions) 102 copies, 1 review
Letters from Italy (Translator) 96 copies, 2 reviews
Norton Book of Friendship (Contributor) 90 copies
Don Giovanni [vocal score] (Translator, some editions) 73 copies
Religious Drama 1 (Contributor) 68 copies
The Protestant Mystics (Introduction, some editions) 68 copies
Times Three (Foreword) 56 copies, 1 review
Evening Land (Translator, some editions) 53 copies, 3 reviews
Lament for the Makers: A Memorial Anthology (Contributor) 44 copies, 1 review
Best SF: 1973 (Contributor) 39 copies, 2 reviews
A Quarto of Modern Literature (Contributor) 37 copies
Antiworlds, and the fifth ace; poetry (Foreword, some editions) 35 copies
Antiworlds (Translator) 34 copies
Tales of Grimm and Andersen (Introduction) 29 copies
The Magic Circle: Stories and People in Poetry (Contributor) 27 copies, 1 review
The Book Lovers (Contributor) 25 copies
One World of Literature (Contributor) 24 copies
A Change of World: Poems (Introduction, some editions) 23 copies
A. E. Housman: A Collection of Critical Essays (Contributor) 22 copies, 1 review
Collected Poems (Translator) 19 copies
The Poetry Cure (Contributor) 19 copies, 1 review
On Moral Medicine: Theological Perspectives in Medical Ethics (Contributor, some editions) 18 copies, 1 review
A Choice of de la Mare's Verse (Introduction; Editor) 18 copies
Choice of Verse (Editor) 16 copies
The Great Operas of Mozart (Translator) 16 copies
Poetry in Crystal (Contributor) 13 copies
Oxford and Oxfordshire in Verse (Contributor) 11 copies
Selection from His Non-fictional Prose (Editor) 11 copies, 1 review
Two Addresses (Translator) 10 copies
Alfabet op de rug gezien (Contributor) 9 copies
Poetry anthology (Contributor, some editions) 6 copies
Perspectives on poetry (Contributor) 6 copies
Selected Ballads (Author) 5 copies
Jean Sans Terre (Preface, some editions) 5 copies
A Crackling of Thorns. Foreword By W.H. Auden (Foreword, some editions) 3 copies
A beginning; (Foreword, some editions) 3 copies
Voor Mevr. en Mr. Naaktgeboren (Contributor) 2 copies
Antaeus No. 15, Autumn 1974 (Translator) 2 copies
Antaeus No. 23, Autumn 1976 (Contributor) 1 copy

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