Why Apollo Had Little Appeal for Auden
As Apollo 11 was heading for the moon, someone at the Times, possibly managing editor Abe Rosenthal, offered to commission W.H. Auden to write a poem about the meaning of the event. Auden had replied that it would have no meaning at all.
August 12, 2019
Auden on No-Platforming Pound
In 1945, when Bennett Cerf of Random House was preparing An Anthology of Famous English and American Poetry, he omitted twelve early poems by Ezra Pound included in a 1927 anthology on which the new book had been based. W.H. Auden, one of Cerf’s authors, wrote Cerf some letters about this that may still be clarifying today.
February 27, 2019