The post-war lives of Marlene Dietrich, Thomas, Erika, and Klaus Mann, George Orwell, Stephen Spender
, and Evelyn Waugh, among others, show how "the story of a group of writers and artists who found that the encounter with ruined Germany necessitated a period of personal reconstruction" (8).
(He also took many photographs, as did Humphrey Spender, the brother of the poet Stephen Spender
, who was working as a roving reporter for the Daily Mirror.) Other painters including William Cold-stream and Graham Bell were also asked by Harrisson to visit Bolton to help with Mass Observation.
It is a shrinking pool, to be sure, but English majors who came of age academically in the 1960s and 70s will especially relish Hall's recollections of other big-name poets, among them Theodore Roethke ("exuberant, loud, and funny"), Stephen Spender
("talked well on any subject other than poetry"), James Dickey ("the best liar I ever knew") and T.S.
Poets charged us for first class tickets, traveled second class, and kept the change.) Dylan Thomas said his poems, Vernon Watkins, Kathleen Raine, Hugh MacDiarmid, Lynette Roberts, Stephen Spender
, Louis MacNeice.
First collected in Permanent Red (1960), those early articles are informed by a straightforward ideological agenda: "Does this work help or encourage men to know and claim their social rights?" Since this rubbed plenty of people the wrong way, the letters page of the New Statesman often became an entertaining battleground--never more so than when the dim-witted Stephen Spender
set himself up for a devastating counterpunch.
According to Stephen Spender
's recollection of Upward in his autobiography World within World (1951): "just as Auden seemed to us the highest peak within the range of our humble vision, for Auden there was another peak, namely Isherwood, whilst for Isherwood there was a still further peak, [Upward]" (Spender 112).
Figures such as Stephen Spender
had a disproportionate impact on perceptions of the decade; their prominence during the 1930s served as a guarantee of the value and good faith of their interpretations.
Eliot, James Joyce, Lytton Strachey, Virginia Woolf, and Stephen Spender
, and Ortega and his colleagues, including Antonio Marichalar, Victoria Ocampo, Manuel Altolaguirre, and Federico Garcia Lorca.
This month, let it suffice to say what Stephen Spender
did in ''The Truly Great'' (1932):
They lived there for three months, being joined in January by writer Stephen Spender