September 1, 1939: A Biography of a Poem (Hardback)
  • September 1, 1939: A Biography of a Poem (Hardback)

September 1, 1939: A Biography of a Poem (Hardback)

Hardback 320 Pages / Published: 22/08/2019
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This a book about a poet, about a poem, about a city, and about a world at a point of change. More than a work of literary criticism or literary biography, it is a record of why and how we create and respond to great poetry.

This a book about a poet - W. H. Auden, a wunderkind, a victim-beneficiary of a literary cult of personality who became a scapegoat and a poet-expatriate largely excluded from British literary history because he left.

About a poem - `September 1, 1939', his most famous and celebrated, yet one which he tried to rewrite and disown and which has enjoyed - or been condemned - to a tragic and unexpected afterlife.

About a city - New York, an island, an emblem of the Future, magnificent, provisional, seamy, and in 1939 about to emerge as the defining twentieth-century cosmopolis, the capital of the world.

And about a world at a point of change - about 1939, and about our own Age of Anxiety, about the aftermath of September 11, when many American newspapers reprinted Auden's poem in its entirety on their editorial pages.

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780007557219
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 450 g
Dimensions: 222 x 141 mm


Praise for `Paper':

`Engaging and dynamic' Andrew Martin, Financial Times

`Wonderfully diverting...Splendidly dense with fact and thought' Steven Poole, Times Literary Supplement

`Sansom's scholarship is prodigious; his enthusiasm inexhaustible...He can make one laugh out loud by his placing of a single word' Daily Telegraph

`A collection of ever so erudite, witty, chucklesome essays, rich with digressions and asides, on paper, in many of its guises, that seeks to refute - and does refute - the idea that we are moving towards a paperless world' Bookmunch

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