chapter  62
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Unsigned Review, 'times Literary Supplement', August 1937

Mr. Auden is at the stage when one wonders with a lively expectation whether the next fork in his road will take him towards poetry or the drama, or whether he will now go ahead in his own right, rediscovering a track which makes the best of both these worlds. But he is full of surprises; and this time he disappears, with a new companion, round a bend which seems at first to be hairpin but turns out to have the virtue of an S. His new book begins with the first canto of a letter to Byron written in a form and spirit with which his correspondent would be dangerously familiar; it contains an extraordinary Last Will and Testament which may amuse everybody but its innumerable legatees; and it ends with statistical graphs showing the distribution of population, industry and foreign trade of Iceland.