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Irvin Ehrenpreis, Review, 'new York Review of Books', February 1977

Auden was an epoch-making poet on public themes, the register of a new sensibility, a great sonneteer, a writer of perfect light verse, a prospector of language at its most illiterate roots and a dandy of lexicography at its most extravagant reaches. There is a Victorian bulk to this book that contains his confident, abundant, peremptory, insouciant opus. A hundred years from now Auden's work will certainly be in permanent and outstanding profile, and for all one's niggardly withholdings, in the end one assents with a 'yes' as pleasured and whole-hearted as Molly Bloom's.