Auden's dedication as a writer was matched only by his commitment to challenging the received view of political and personal life. The definitive biography goes beyond a study of the great poet to create a vibrant and masterful commentary on Auden's work, ideas and life within the context of the wars, ideologies, spiritual quests and sexual attitudes of this century.


  • A refreshing and convincing all-round portrait of the greatest English poet of this century, warts and all
    Independent on Sunday

About the author

Richard Davenport-Hines

Richard Davenport-Hines is the author of biographies of Dudley Docker, W. H. Auden, Marcel Proust, Lady Desborough and Maynard Keynes. He has written histories of sex, drugs, arms-dealing, the sinking of the Titanic and the Profumo Affair as well as editing three volumes of correspondence and journals of Hugh Trevor-Roper.
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