Friday, February 23, 2007

Auden at 100

February 21 was the 100th anniversary of the birth of W.H. Auden. wood s lot has a nice roundup of tributes, including photos by Cecil Beaton and Richard Avedon. Since September 11, much has been written about the poem "September 1, 1939" and Auden's attempt to repudiate it, especially one particular line; but I didn't know till I heard Wednesday's NPR interview with editor Edward Mendelson that it was specifically in reaction to LBJ's "Daisy" TV spot that he did so.

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