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Auden and Christianity / Arthur Kirsch.

Author/Creator:
Kirsch, Arthur C.
Publication:
New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2005.
Format/Description:
Book
xxi, 207 pages ; 25 cm
Subjects:
Auden, W. H. (Wystan Hugh), 1907-1973.
Christian biography -- England.
Poets, English -- 20th century -- Biography.
Auden, W. H. (Wystan Hugh), 1907-1973
Christian biography.
Poets, English.
England.
Local subjects:
Auden, W. H. (Wystan Hugh), 1907-1973.
Form/Genre:
Biographies.
Biographies.
Summary:
"In a modern scientific age, many intellectuals assume that one cannot be a religious and a thinking person at the same time. W.H. Auden's life and art stand as an eloquent example of the joining of the two, a modern instance of how thought and faith can nourish each other. The poet's faith expanded the horizons of his mind as well as his heart, and his formidable intelligence, in turn, probed the nature and limits of his Christian belief, animating his continuous quest not only to believe still, but also to believe again, a process that he saw as essential to faith." "Moving between biographical essay and readings of Auden's poems, Arthur Kirsch, a leading Auden scholar, offers the first book-length study of the profound relationship between Auden's faith and art. He considers how Auden's religious faith helped him to come to terms with himself as an artist and a man, including his homosexuality, and shows in detail how his faith informs, and is often the explicit subject of, his poetry and prose. Kirsch 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. He then focuses on Auden's criticism and on neglected and underestimated works of the poet's later years." "Auden and Christianity will appeal to readers interested in religious thought as well as to those interested in Auden's life and art."--Jacket.
Contents:
Early Years
For the Time Being
Auden's Criticism
"Horae Canonicae"
Later Years.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 181-198) and index.
Conference on Christianity & Literature Book of the Year Award, Winner, 2006
Local notes:
Gotham Book Mart Collection copy has dustjacket retained.
Penn Provenance:
Gotham Book Mart (former owner) (Gotham Book Mart Collection copy)
Penn Chronology:
2005
Contributor:
Gotham Book Mart Collection (University of Pennsylvania)
ISBN:
0300108141
9780300108149
OCLC:
57731134
Publisher Number:
9780300108149
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