Expanded paperback edition with twenty-two newly discovered poems


By W.H. Auden
Edited & Introduced by Katherine Bucknell

No other twentieth-century poet has left behind such a wealth of teenage work as did W. H. Auden. This book allows a rare, detailed look at the development of a major poet and offers the earliest evidence of his interest in psychoanalysis, his conflicted attitude toward his homosexuality, his self-conscious approach to poetry, and his lifelong journey toward a religious sense of the world.

The poems are generously annotated with information on Auden's education, reading, literary concerns, and personal life. In her introduction, Katherine Bucknell traces important themes relating to Auden's entire career and describes hitherto unknown aspects of his youth.