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‘This is Gene Derwood speaking’ April 16, 2014: [caption id="attachment_85131" align="alignright" width="500"] Flyleaf of New Poems 1940 signed by editor and several contributors.[/caption] It’s still going at a reduced scale down on 24th Street at Folsom, but Adobe Books used to be a barn of a store on 16th Street in the Mission District of San Francisco, and to my mind the epicenter of a [...] by

Auden’s Secret Garden March 4, 2014: The poet W.H. Auden's secret garden of good deeds and philanthropy—revealed—at The New York Review of Books. W.H. Auden had a secret life that his closest friends knew little or nothing about. Everything about it was generous and honorable. He kept it secret because he would have been ashamed to have been praised for it. I learned [...] by

NPR Summer Reads: Adalbert Stifter’s Rock Crystal July 17, 2013: Oh *man* this book is so *good!* We're so happy to see it in the spotlight at *NPR!* Susan Choi, author of the recently published book My Education, brings Adalbert Stifter's classic novella, Rock Crystal to the table at NPR's You Must Read This. New York Review of Books Classics published this most recent edition of Rock Crystal and it is [...] by

Unpublished Diary of W. H. Auden Sold to British Library for MANY £ June 27, 2013: The Guardian reports that an unpublished diary of W. H. Auden has been unearthed from private collectors and sold to the British Library. More: The journal was one of just three kept by the British poet. It had been in private hands since Auden's death in 1973, but was recently unearthed and sold earlier this month at Christie's in [...] by

From the Official Department of Diary Rescue: W. H. Auden’s ‘Lost’ 1939 Journal Discovered! May 13, 2013: The Independent reports that one of the most exceptional diaries kept by W.H. Auden has at long-last been discovered! Auden began the journal in August of 1939 and continued writing in it until November of that very same year. According to Edward Mendelson, an English professor at Columbia University who is also the literary executor of [...] by

Code Unknown: 23 Things About W. H. Auden April 25, 2013: [caption id="attachment_65785" align="alignright" width="500"] W. H. Auden[/caption] One day, while he and Stephen Spender were students at Oxford, Spender told him that he was thinking of stopping writing poetry. Auden stopped in his tracks, took firm hold of Spender’s arm and said, “You must keep writing poetry, Stephen—we need [...] by

Auden’s Poem Backdrops Short Film by Peter Szewczyk November 13, 2012: Check it out! Over at Poets & Writers you can watch "Your Crooked Heart," directed, edited, and produced by Peter Szewczyk. The film includes W. H. Auden's poem "As I Walked Out One Evening." Here you go! by

Can You Disown Your Old, Crappy Poems? Sometimes, Says The Atlantic August 30, 2012: Any writer worth their salt has cringed while re-reading earlier work. Among them, says a recent post on The Atlantic, was W. H. Auden, who fiddled with an early poem for some time before finally determining it was worthless. Unfortunately for Auden, that poem was "September 1, 1939." Despite his distaste for the poem, especially its most [...] by

Larkin’s unexpected Hallmark moment May 29, 2012: Can great poetry bear a resemblance to a Hallmark moment and still be great? Prolly not. But Ron Rosenbaum takes up the issue over at Slate by looking at 2 most-famous lines by 2 most-famous poets. The lines and poets in question: 1) "What will survive of us is love" from Philip Larkin's "An Arundel Tomb." 2) “We must love one another or [...] by

Musical in which Auden is a Central Character Opens at Public Theater May 8, 2012: February House, a "a word-drunk new musical" that "shuttles organically between literary sense and harmonic sensibility" with W.H. Auden, among other luminaries, as a central character, opens Tuesday at Public Theater. From this NY Times article: Based on actual events, “February House” is about the serendipitous discovery, amid [...] by