“[H]e was blessed with that rare self-confidence which does not need admiration and the good opinion of others, and can even withstand self-criticism and self-examination without falling into the trap of self-doubt.”
From The New Yorker.
“I must apologise for having kept your poems such a long time, but I am very slow to make up my mind. I do not feel that any of the enclosed is quite right, but I should be interested to follow your work.”
— Eliot’s rejection letter (9 September 1927) to 20-year old W.H. Auden, who was born on February 21, 1907.