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The Hansen, K. mss, 1950-1951, consist of letters from poet Wystan Hugh Auden, 1907-1973, to his German translator Kurt Heinrich Hansen. The main topic discussed is Hansen's translation of Auden's Age of Anxiety, the first German edition of which was published in 1951. In the first letter he explains the metre of his poetry in that work, describes the Seven Stages as being a dream journey over the human body, and points out the importance of realizing that Rosetta is an "emancipated Jewess." Other letters discuss his agents to be contacted for translation rights and other English poets that Hansen should look into translating. In the penultimate letter Auden states he is pleased to hear the translation is published and looks forward to seeing a copy. All of the letters are written from Italy to Hansen in Hamburg.

Purchase. 2007

Collection size: 5 items

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