On W. H. Auden’s Birthday

Hannah Arendt:

“[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.

T.S. Eliot:

“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.

From The T.S. Eliot Foundation.

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