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Synopsis: "In this book I am mainly concerned with a few themes: love; poetry; politics; the life of literature....I believe obstinately that, if I am able to write with truth about what has happened to me, this can help others....In this belief I have risked being indiscreet, and I have written occasionally of experiences which seem strange to me myself, and which I have not seen discussed else-where." So begins Stephen Spender's autobiography, widely acclaimed as the twentieth century's greatest memoir.
Spender was one of his generation's most celebrated poets, a writer living at the intersection of literature and politics in Europe between the two world wars. His portraits of his friends—Virginia Woolf, T. S. Eliot, W. H. Auden,
W. B. Yeats, and Christopher Isherwood—render a romantic world of literary genius. Spender uses a poet's language to create an honest and tender exploration of amity and the many possibilities of love. First published in 1951, World Within World simultaneously shocked and bedazzled the literary establishment for its frank discussion of Eros in the modern world.
Out of print for several years, this Modern Library edition includes a new Introduction by the critic John Bayley and an Afterword Spender wrote in 1994 describing his reaction to the charges that David Leavitt plagiarized this autobiography in a novel.
From the Back Cover:
"World Within World is without any question the best autobiography in English written in the twentieth century."
--John Bayley, from his new Introduction
"Superb...[Spender's] best writing charges us with his own best qualities: the moral earnestness, the lucid piety, the lyrical intelligence."
--The New York Times Book Review
Title: World Within World: The Autobiography of ...
Publisher: Modern Library
Publication Date: 2001
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Book Description Hardback. Book Condition: Good. The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine. Bookseller Inventory # GOR008326083
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Book Description Modern Library, 2001. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good+. Grey hardcovers in Near Fine condition, a tightly bound copy with a bright, unmarked text. The DJ is unclipped and in Very Good++ condition. The DJ is affixed to the book with three small pieces of tape. "Spender's brilliant autobiography, first published in 1951, remains a powerful classic in its own right, recognized as one of the most illuminating literary autobiographies to have emerged from the 1920s and 1930s." ; 7.70 X 5.30 X 1.30 inches; 398 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 15071
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