chapter  65
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Christopher Isherwood on Auden's Early Poetry

Novelist, dramatist, translator, and writer on religion, Isherwood (b. 1904) published his first novel, 'All the Conspirators', in 1928, and collaborated with Auden on 'The Dog Beneath the Skin', 'The Ascent of F6', 'On the Frontier', and 'Journey to a War'. His autobiographical novel 'Lions and Shadows' (1938) contains a vivid portrait of the young Auden under the guise of 'Hugh Weston'. This essay is reprinted in 'W.H. Auden: A Tribute' (ed. Spender, 1975), where Isherwood adds a Postscript containing important third thoughts and corrections (pp. 78-9).