This highly comparative study of Auden reads the rhythms and themes of his poetry in relation to Marianne Moore, D.H. Lawrence, Rilke, and Nietzsche, as he draws in the work of three rather quirky historians—Charles Norris Cochrane, Eugen Rosenstock Huessey, and Denis de Rougemont.
Susannah Gottlieb is Associate Chair and Professor of English at Northwestern University, where she directs the Poetry and Poetics Colloquium and Workshop. She is the author of Regions of Sorrow: Anxiety and Messianism in Hannah Arendt and W.H. Auden (Stanford University Press, 2003) and the editor of Hannah Arendt: Reflections on Literature and Culture (Stanford University Press, 2007). Her interests include modern British and American poetry and poetics, continental philosophy and political theory, German-Jewish intellectual history, and Asian American literary traditions. Her current book project is entitled The Importance of Metaphysics: The Intellectual Heresies of W. H. Auden.