Yale Celebrates W.H. Auden's Centennial

Yale University will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of poet W. H. Auden on February 21, 5 p.m. in the auditorium of the Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall St.

A prolific poet and writer known for his technical prowess and unrivaled range, Auden revolutionized poetry in the 20th-century, moving away from nostalgic images and toward the forum of ideas. Published by the age of 21, Auden was awarded both the King’s Gold Medal for Poetry and the Pulitzer Prize during his lifetime and was considered the most daring and influential poet of his generation. In examining the self and the vagaries of the human heart and in trying to understand how individuals coexist in modern society, Auden spent decades traveling restlessly around the world, immersing himself in the theories of Karl Marx and Sigmund Freud and expending unprecedented energy documenting and diagnosing the spirit of what he coined our Age of Anxiety.

Sponsored by the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the Whitney Humanities Center, The Yale Review and Yale University Press, the centenary celebration—featuring poetry, commentary and music—is free and open to the public. Participants include Langdon Hammer, John Hollander, Sara Kohane, Richard Lalli, Penelope Laurans, J. D. McClatchy, a group of Yale College singers (Turner Fishpaw ’07, Estelí Gomez ’08, Annie Rosen ’08, and Claudia Rosenthal ’08) and Edward Mendelson, a professor at Columbia University. Mendelson is the literary executor of Auden’s estate and the author or editor of several books about Auden’s work.

For more information contact Manana Sikic at 203 432-0673 or e-mail manana.sikic@yale.edu.

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