'The English Auden' on display

8 March 2007

auden1The Bodleian Library is celebrating the centenary of the birth of the poet, playwright and critic W.H. Auden through a series of special events this month.


A small exhibition mounted in the Exhibition Room features Audenís English period, before he settled in the United States in 1939. The display showcases a notebook with his earliest compositions which he presented to his mother, a manuscript of his well-known poem Tell Me the Truth about Love, alongside other documents, photographs and books.


The exhibition will be complemented by a further small display in the Divinity School on 20 March when a special discussion evening will be chaired by the Poet Laureate, Andrew Motion. The poet and academic John Fuller and actor Simon Callow will also be part of the discussion panel focusing on Audenís work, life, creative achievement and reputation.


The event is co-organized together with the Sunday Times and is part of the Oxford Literary Festival.  It will take place on 20 March at 6pm in the Bodleianís Divinity School.  Ticket prices and booking details can be found at:www.sundaytimes-oxfordliteraryfestival.co.uk/


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