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W. H. Auden

(1981)
A Biography
A non fiction book by

 
W. H. Auden disapproved of literary biography. Or did he? The truth is more equivocal than it at first appears. Humphrey Carpenter himself neatly summarizes Auden's ambiguity: 'Here, as so often in his life, Auden adopted a dogmatic attitude which did not reflect the full range of his opinions, and which he sometimes flatly contradicted.' Although Carpenter's biography, first published in 1981, was unauthorized, he did receive the co-operation of the Auden Estate, and the results remain of unimpeachable merit. "Carpenter is a model biographer - diligent, unspeculative, sympathetic, and extremely good at finding out what happened when and with whom". (John Bayley, Listener). "An illuminating book; full of information, unobtrusively affectionate, it describes with unpretentious elegance the curve of a great poet's life and work". (Frank Kermode, Guardian). "A deeply interesting book about a deeply interesting life". (Roy Fuller, Sunday Times).

 
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Hardback Editions

October 2011 : UK Hardback
Title: W. H. Auden: A Biography
Author(s): Humphrey Carpenter
ISBN: 0-571-28088-9 / 978-0-571-28088-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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September 1981 : USA Hardback
Title: W.H. Auden, a Biography
Author(s): Humphrey Carpenter
ISBN: 0-395-30853-4 / 978-0-395-30853-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
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June 1981 : UK Hardback
Title: W.H.Auden: A Biography
Author(s): Humphrey Carpenter
ISBN: 0-04-928044-9 / 978-0-04-928044-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
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Paperback Editions

November 2014 : UK Paperback
Title: W. H. Auden: A Biography
Author(s): Humphrey Carpenter
ISBN: 0-571-26009-8 / 978-0-571-26009-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber and Faber
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December 1992 : UK Paperback
Title: W.H.Auden: A Biography (Oxford Lives)
Author(s): Humphrey Carpenter
ISBN: 0-19-282915-7 / 978-0-19-282915-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks
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January 1983 : UK Paperback
Title: W.H.Auden: A Biography
Author(s): Humphrey Carpenter
ISBN: 0-04-928047-3 / 978-0-04-928047-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
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October 1982 : USA Paperback
Title: W. H. Auden: A Biography
Author(s): Humphrey Carpenter
ISBN: 0-395-32439-4 / 978-0-395-32439-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
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Kindle Editions

October 2011 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: W. H. Auden: A Biography
Author(s): Humphrey Carpenter
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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