Advertisement

Abstract

In 1957, when I was writing my book The Theatre of Bertolt Brecht, I wrote to W. H. Auden to know if he was at all influenced by Brecht’s work. I had heard about their collaboration on a version of The Duchess of Malfi in the United States, and I had been impressed by a translation by Auden and James Stern of Act V of The Caucasian Chalk Circle that had appeared in the Kenyon Review in the spring of 1946, about a year and a half before Brecht left America. I wasn’t quite sure who Stern was, though I seemed to recall that in the late 1930s a story by him had appeared in John Lehmann’s New Writing, which had also printed a poem and a short scene by Brecht. But I had seen various parallels between Auden and Brecht — for instance, in the former’s balladesque poem ‘Victor’, which recalled Brecht’s ‘Apfelboeck’ — and wanted, as an admirer of both poets, to find out more.

Keywords

English Version Lyric Poet Traditional Verse Strategic Bomb York Public Library 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

Preview

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Copyright information

© Australian National University 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • John Willett

There are no affiliations available

Personalised recommendations