What W. H. Auden Can Do for You

Author: Alexander McCall Smith

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 0691234531

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 152

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Bestselling novelist Alexander McCall Smith's charming account of how the poet W. H. Auden has helped guide his life—and how he might guide yours, too When facing a moral dilemma, Isabel Dalhousie—Edinburgh philosopher, amateur detective, and title character of a series of novels by best-selling author Alexander McCall Smith—often refers to the great twentieth-century poet W. H. Auden. This is no accident: McCall Smith has long been fascinated by Auden. Indeed, the novelist, best known for his No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series, calls the poet not only the greatest literary discovery of his life but also the best of guides on how to live. In this book, McCall Smith has written a charming personal account about what Auden has done for him—and what he just might do for you. Part self-portrait, part literary appreciation, the book tells how McCall Smith first came across the poet's work in the 1970s, while teaching law in Belfast, a violently divided city where Auden's "September 1, 1939," a poem about the outbreak of World War II, strongly resonated. McCall Smith goes on to reveal how his life has related to and been inspired by other Auden poems ever since. For example, he describes how he has found an invaluable reflection on life's transience in "As I Walked Out One Evening," while "The More Loving One" has provided an instructive meditation on unrequited love. McCall Smith shows how Auden can speak to us throughout life, suggesting how, despite difficulties and change, we can celebrate understanding, acceptance, and love for others. An enchanting story about how art can help us live, this book will appeal to McCall Smith's fans and anyone curious about Auden.

Twenty Questions for the Writer

Author: Jacqueline Berke

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt P

ISBN: 9780155924017

Category: College readers

Page: 597

View: 5928

TWENTY QUESTIONS FOR A WRITER is structured around twenty questions most often used by writers for finding and developing their topics. This basic structure creates a versatility that sheds light ion the writing process.


Author: Hilde Spiel

Publisher: N.A


Category: Authors, Austrian

Page: 653

View: 9909

W.H. Auden

Author: Ronald Carter

Publisher: N.A


Category: English poetry

Page: 55

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John Chamberlain

Author: John Chamberlain

Publisher: Distributed Art Pub Incorporated


Category: Installations (Art)

Page: 47

View: 8030

Artwork by John Chamberlain, Lawrence Weiner. Contributions by Julie Sylvester.