"As readers, most of us, to some degree, are like those urchins who pencil mustaches on the faces of girls in advertisements." *

Auden was a great poet and a provocative professor, but he was not always the ideal library patron. His sometimes indecipherable scrawl probably provided an interesting challenge for those who attempted to parse his library call slips.

call slip
One of Auden's call slips; view some of Auden's other library requests.

Q & A with Brendan Kennelly's class < Auden in the library > Lists of reserved books

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