Non-Fiction of Gay Interest
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"W H Auden was the greatest poet of his generation - a master with a thousand disciples. We are familiar with the public man, friend of Igor Stravinsky, Benjamin Britten, Stephen Spender, Christopher Isherwood, Tennessee Williams, Carson McCullers. Less is known about the private face. Auden was also a practising homosexual, whose great and lifelong love was Chester Kallman. This is their story - tormented, complicated, yet the centre of the poet's existence.
"Dorothy J Farnan knew both men intimately. The wife of Chester Kallman's father, she was peculiarly well placed to observe the development of this crucial relationship, one that has affected the course of English poetry. No one who values Auden's poetry can afford to miss this account of a love, and a style of loving, which had a bearing not only on Auden's Christianity but also on many of the poems he wrote."
(from the jacket)
Background / Biography:
"Dorothy J Farnan is the wife of Dr Edward Kallman, Chester Kallman's father. She met W H Auden and, shortly afterwards, Chester Kallman, when she was a student at the University of Michigan in 1941. Miss Farnan taught English at De Witt Clinton High School in the Bronx, New York, for ten years before being appointed Chairman of English at Erasmus High School in Brooklyn, where she served until her retirement in 1975."
(from the jacket)
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"W H Auden had just closed his summer home at Kirchstetten on the other side of the Wienerwald and planned to fly alone bacak to Oxford the next morning, but he was not looking forward to the trip. He had left his friends in New York and his apartmen there on St Mark's Place the year before to return to his native England and the college that had nurtured him and now offered him a retreat from the world. But Auden had not been happy at Oxford that last year. He was lonely at his old school and had found to his regret truth in the saying that you can't go home again."
opening paragraph, chapter one
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