"When I was a student, contemporary literature was something we looked at for ourselves and I think we were reasonably informed. We wouldn't have dreamt of going to a teacher and saying, 'We want to have a course.'" *

The reserved book lists Auden prepared for his courses show the texts that he used in his teaching and recommended for his students. These works were intended as supplementary materials - in his class on Shakespearean sonnets, for example, Auden encouraged familiarity with Chaucer and Plato, as well as Kierkegaard and C.S. Lewis, to illuminate the Bard's poetry.

auden book list
The reserved book list for Auden's course on Shakespearean sonnets; view larger image or view other reserve lists.

Auden in the library < Lists of reserved books > The author's unauthorized annotations

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