"I object very much to manuscript books because what you want people to read are the final results and when they see all those mistakes you made, they think, 'Oh, I could have done that as well.'" *

In 1966, Auden sent a letter to James Govan, the College Librarian, in response to an item he had read in the Bulletin. "I happened to see in the Swarthmore Bulletin that you are looking for manuscripts of mine," Auden wrote. "The other day, I turned up the enclosed to which you are welcome if you want it." The enclosed item was a manuscript notebook from 1932-1935.

letter from auden
Reproduced with the permission of the Estate W.H. Auden
Auden's letter to James Govan (view larger image).

Swarthmore's views of Auden, Auden's view of Swarthmore < A gift from Auden > Manuscript notebook

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