W.H. Auden’s Lost Journal Has Been Discovered


For those eager for a glimpse into the inner life of celebrated poet W.H. Auden, you may be in luck — if you’re also in the money. One of Auden’s journals, previously considered to be lost, has been discovered and will be offered up for action at Christie’s next month. The journal covers Auden’s life between August and November 1939, and according to Edward Mendelson, Columbia University English professor and the literary executor of Auden’s estate, it “gives a personal sense that we don’t really have elsewhere of Auden in this hugely important era.” The Christie’s catalogue describes it as the “most significant Auden manuscript to have been offered at auction,” and accordingly, the estimated value is between £40,000 and £60,000. [via Poetry Foundation]