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The seven deadly sins
Wilson, Angus.
A Common Reader edition.
Publication Information:
Pleasantville, NY : Akadine Press, [2002]

Physical Description:
xi, 93 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
General Note:
Originally published: Sunday Times Publications, c1962.

A series of essays originally published in the Sunday times.
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PN6084.D39 S47 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Author Notes

W. H. Auden, who was born in York, England, on February 21, 1907, is one of the most successful and well-known poets of the 20th century. Educated at Oxford, Auden served in the Spanish Civil War, which greatly influenced his work. He also taught in public schools in Scotland and England during the 1930s. It was during this time that he rose to public fame with such works as "Paid on Both Sides" and "The Orators."

Auden eventually immigrated to the United States, becoming a citizen in 1946. It was in the U.S. that he met his longtime partner Chester Kallman. Stylistically, Auden was known for his incomparable technique and his linguistic innovations. The term Audenesque became an adjective to describe the contemporary sounding speech reflected in his poems.

Auden's numerous awards included a Bollingen Prize in Poetry, A National Book Award for "The Shield of Achilles," a National Medal for Literature from the National Book Committee, and a Gold Medal from the National Institute of Arts and Letters. Numerous volumes of his poetry remain available today, including "About the House" and "City Without Walls."

W.H. Auden died on September 28, 1973 in Vienna.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Library Journal Review

In 1962, Ian Fleming, as a member of the editorial board of the London Sunday Times, thought it would be entertaining to ask a handful of Britain's top writers to pen essays on the seven deadly sins. He tapped W.H. Auden, Cyril Connolly, Patrick Leigh-Fermer, Edith Sitwell, Christopher Sykes, Evelyn Waugh, and Angus Wilson to contribute their thoughts on anger, covetousness, gluttony, pride, lust, sloth, and envy, respectively. Some approached the assignment with the utmost seriousness, others with humor. Regardless of tack, the result was very readable. This edition contains a new afterword by Alain de Botton. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.