Spring 1945 • Vol. VII No. 2 Book ReviewsApril 1, 1945 |

Mr. Auden’s Tennyson

A Selection From The Poems Of Alfred, Lord Tennyson. Selected and with an introduction by W. H. Auden. Doubleday, Doran. $3.00 The spectacle of Mr. Auden, the bad boy of the 'thirties, sitting down to edit Tennyson is a puzzling one, even allowing for the obvious elements of an explanation, such as his recent concern with religion, Mr. Eliot's qualified approval of "In Memoriam," and Tennyson's interest as a technician. It is not as if Tennyson particularly needed selecting or editing, for the DeVane edition, with its full and admirably balanced selection, its informative notes and accurate text, and its skillfully chosen bibliography, is available for less than half the price of Mr. Auden's. In any event, Mr. Auden has contributed nothing as an editor. He has provided neither notes nor bibliography. 'rhere is not even an index, though he has arranged his selections by types and ordered the poems within these categories according to a scheme of his own which is not very clear to

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Literary critic, Arthur Mizener (1907-1988) was Mellon Foundation Professor of English at Cornell University from 1951 to 1975. In addition to other works, he authored the first biography of F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Far Side of Paradise (1951) along with a biography of Ford Madox Ford, The Saddest Story: A Biography of Ford Madox Ford (1971).

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