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The Poet & the Baroness

W.H. Auden and Stella Musulin, a Friendship

For long periods in history, the Austrian capital found itself on the geographical edge of western civilisation. Yet from the 18th century on, Vienna has been a sizzling centre of European culture. This city is the scene of the formidable meeting of the two outstanding intellectuals that are at the core of this book.
The warm relationship between W.H. Auden, the celebrated British-American poet (1907-1973), and his fellow expatriate, the Welsh-Austrian journalist, translator and writer Stella Musulin (1915-1996) lasted while Auden resided in the nearby small town of Kirchstetten since 1958. It was here that the poet was laid to rest in the autumn of 1973. This book discusses the unpublished letters of Auden to Musulin and her private journals.
The study of this inspiring material yields new insights into Auden's last prolific creative period and underscores the 'Austrian Auden.' Besides, tribute is paid to the closest 'Austrian' friend of the poet. Baroness Stella von Musulin was an amazing intellectual whose two books for Faber & Faber are acknowledged as classics: Vienna in the Age of Metternich and Austria: People & Landscape (foreword by Auden). The analysis of the close relationship of two outstanding individuals also offers an account of Austria's complex political, social, and cultural history in the Cold War years.

About the Author

Michael O'Sullivan was a foreign correspondent working for the London Independent in Vienna, Deputy Foreign Editor of Ireland's National Broadcaster RTE, a contributor to The New Statesman, The Financial Times, The Daily Telegraph, The BBC and many others.
Central European University Press

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Paperback / softback
August 20, 2023
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