Feb 21, 2007

Celebrating Auden's 100th Birthday @ Cooper Union Today

From the NY Times Urban Eye email newsletter:
Stop all the clocks: today would’ve been W. H. Auden’s 100th birthday, and the Poetry Society of America has organized a celebratory reading with Francine Prose, Michael Cunningham and Katha Pollitt, among others. It’s worth remembering that the British-born poet adopted our fair city — and even, in his famous experiment in communal living with Carson McCullers, Gypsy Rose Lee, Benjamin Britten, and Jane and Paul Bowles, turned himself into the consummate control-freak New Yorker. “He issued chore lists, meal schedules and budgets, not to mention rules for dinner-table conversation.” Can you imagine the Craigslist haikus that would’ve inspired?

7 p.m., Great Hall at Cooper Union, 7 Seventh Street at Third Avenue, East Village, (212) 353-4195; free.
HERE is a link to an in-depth NY Times story on Auden's NYC residence in Brooklyn.

Today's media enclosure is courtesy of Salon.com's article on W.H. Auden.


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