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Craft Interview:
Issue 1

The poem "Shorts"
& selections from
the interview are
reprinted in Issue 26

W. H. Auden

Wystan Hugh Auden was born September 21, 1907 in York, England. After dedicating himself to the art of poetry at the age of fifteen, Auden was quickly recognized as something of a prodigy. At twenty, while still an undergraduate at England's prestigious Oxford University, he co-edited the collection OXFORD POETRY, and became the leading personality in a small troop of burgeoning young writers a group that included such noted talents as Cecil Day Lewis, Christopher Isherwood, Louis MacNeice, and Stephen Spender. Aged twenty-three, Auden had already published his first book, titled POEMS. Shortly thereafter, W. H. Auden earned international reknown and was acclaimed as a major force in twentieth century arts and letters. In his career, Auden saw published more than 20 books of his poetry, criticism, and dramatic works. Considered by many to rank among the greatest poets to have written in the English language, W. H. Auden died just a few hours after what was his last public reading in Vienna, Austria, September 28, 1973.

Auden and NYQ
In 1969, during one of his yearly winter jaunts in New York City, W. H. Auden agreed to meet with The New York Quarterly's founding Editor, William Packard, and to be the subject of NYQ's very first craft interview. This meeting marked not only the auspicious beginning of The New York Quarterly poetry magazine, but it also resulted in Auden's long-lasting committment to The New York Quarterly as a member of the NYQ Advisory Board. Even after his death in 1973, Auden's name continues to appear on NYQ's covers as an honored and respected friend.

The Auden craft interview, along with his poem "Shorts," is featured in NYQ Issue 1, Winter 1970. "Shorts" and selections from the interview are reprinted in the NYQ anthology, Issue 26, Spring 1985.

Photos by Thomas Victor from NYQ Issue 1. Profile written by Malachi Black.