The Shield of Achilles

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Princeton University Press
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6.14 X 9.29 X 0.87 inches | 0.85 pounds

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About the Author
Alan Jacobs is Distinguished Professor of Humanities in the Honors Program at Baylor University. He is the author of many books, including How to Think: A Survival Guide for a World at Odds, and the editor of two other books by Auden, The Age of Anxiety: A Baroque Eclogue and For the Time Being: A Christmas Oratorio (both Princeton).
"Everywhere in the poems we see a master of English poetry, whose stature increases with each new work."---Karl Shapiro, New York Times Book Review
"[Auden] continues to treat his material with the incisive wit that is capable of serving the most serious ends. He is ceaselessly restless and inquisitive, inexhaustibly inventive, full of curious ancient and modern erudition, filled with strong likes and dislikes, and still profoundly involved with modern dilemmas."---Louise Bogan, The New Yorker
"Auden's book of poems I think is among his best, and the poems which show brilliance are at a far distance above the writings of his imitators. . . . Since no one can paraphrase a poem, much less a book of poems, one can only say in prose what his latest book is like; to me it is very like a performance of Mozart's and da Ponte's Don Giovanni."---Horace Gregory, New York Herald Tribune
"There is not a poem in the book which does not give delight. . . . In middle age Auden still looks at mankind with the eye of a physician, but the prescription is a good deal less simplified than it used to be."---Anne Ridler, Manchester Guardian