Letters from Iceland

W. H. Auden, Louis MacNeice

In the summertime of 1936, W. H. Auden and Louis MacNeice visited Iceland on fee to jot down a journey ebook, however discovered themselves capturing issues on a scale that have been much more worldwide. ‘Although writing in a “vacation” spirit,’ commented Auden, ‘its authors have been on a regular basis aware of a threatening horizon to their picnic – world-wide unemployment, Hitler rising on a regular basis extra highly effective and a world-war extra inevitable.’ The result’s the outstanding Letters from Iceland, a collaboration in poetry and prose, reportage and correspondence, revealed in 1937 with the Spanish Civil Warfare newly in progress, beneath the shadow of looming world warfare.