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The author shares his memories of his philandering father and describes his growing awareness of his own homosexuality
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J. R. Ackerley (1896-1967) was for many years the literary editor of the BBC magazine The Listener. His works include three memoirs, Hindoo Holiday, My Dog Tulip, and My Father and Myself, and a novel, We Think the World of You (all available as New York Review Books).
W.H. Auden (1907—1973) was born in North Yorkshire, England, the son of a doctor. He studied at Oxford and published his first book, Poems, in 1930, immediately establishing himself as one of the outstanding voices of his generation. Auden emigrated to New York in 1939, where he became a US citizen and converted to Anglicanism. He wrote essays, critical studies, plays, and opera librettos for such composers as Benjamin Britten, Igor Stravinsky, and Hans Werner Henze, as well as the poems for which he is most famous.
It makes today's memoirs look pallid. -- Emma Tennant, British Vogue
J.R. Ackerley's humor is unique; his truth is stranger--and funnier--than fiction. My Father and Myself is a cross between Dickens's David Copperfield, Rousseau's Confessions, and the new pornography. -- Donald Windham
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