Randall Jarrell on W. H. Auden


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About the Author

Stephen Burt is assistant professor of English at Macalester College. He is the author of Randall Jarrell and His Age and Popular Music, a collection of poems. His reviews and essays on poetry have appeared in several journals, including the Boston Review, London Review of Books, and the Times Literary Supplement.


W. H. Auden's debut as a poet, in 1928, was the most prodigious since Byron's. When he arrived on the American scene in 1939, he continued to dazzle readers in this country--none more so than Randall Jarrell, who had been reading and admiring him from the start. Auden's triumphal march across the next decade, though, began to disconcert Jarrell, and these Princeton lectures are the record of his mixed feelings. His readings are bracing, and his conclusions misjudged, but where else will one encounter a major poet so intimately engaged with the work of another? We're told that, informed of Jarrell's attacks. Auden merely shrugged, "I think Jarrell must be in love with me," and in a crucial sense he was right.--J. D. McClatchy "Yale Review "
This collection is first-rate scholarship... Jarrell is more than a virtuoso performing here.--Jon Tribble "Washington Post Book World "
This set of critical engagements, published here for the first time, allows one to start right in the middle of two mid-century titans.--Publishers Weekly
Jarrell was enthralled, dazzled and infuriated by Auden... and these lectures... encompass both his admiration and his reservation.--London Review of Books
This volume may be slim, but it is substantial, a happy addition to Jarrell's criticism.--Magill Book Reviews