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For the time being : a Christmas oratorio

Author: W H Auden; Alan Jacobs
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2013.
Series: W.H. Auden--critical editions.
Edition/Format:   Book : Poetry : EnglishView all editions and formats
"For the Time Being is a pivotal book in the career of one of the greatest poets of the twentieth century. W.H. Auden had recently moved to America, fallen in love with a young man to whom he considered himself married, rethought his entire poetic and intellectual equipment, and reclaimed the Christian faith of his childhood. Then, in short order, his relationship fell apart and his mother, to whom he was very  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Librettos
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: W H Auden; Alan Jacobs
ISBN: 9780691158273 0691158274
OCLC Number: 811426937
Description: xl, 92 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Preface vii Introduction xi For the Time Being 1 Textual Notes 67
Series Title: W.H. Auden--critical editions.
Responsibility: W.H. Auden ; edited by Alan Jacobs.


Auden's only explicitly religious long poem, a technical tour de force, and a revelatory window into the poet's personal and intellectual development. This edition includes the text of the poem and a  Read more...
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"[Auden's] four long poems ... remain the astounding heart of his work... In For the Time Being, the most successful of these poems, [the characters] are at once participants in the Nativity story Read more...

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