Monday, June 8, 2015

The Dyer's Hand and other essays is a prose book by W. H. Auden, published in 1962.

The book contains a selection of essays, reviews, and collections of aphorisms and notes written by Auden from the early 1950s to 1962. Many items were not previously published, but others appear in revised forms. Many of the essays are revised versions of Auden's lectures as Professor of Poetry at the University of Oxford from 1956 to 1961, including his inaugural lecture, "Making, Knowing and Judging".

The book is dedicated to Auden's tutor at Oxford, Nevill Coghill.

Also, The Dyer's Hand: An autobiography by Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin was published in 1979.


About W. H. Auden:

  • Edward Mendelson, Later Auden (1999)

About Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin:

  • Jonathan Nitzan and Shimshon Bichler The Scientist and the Church (2005) page 22,


  • David Bodanis's E=MC2. A Biography of the World's Most Famous Equation (Toronto: Doubleday Canada, 2000)

External links

The Dyer's Hand

About W. H. Auden:

  • Excerpts on Wikiquote
  • The W. H. Auden Society

About Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin:

  • The Dyer’s Hand: An Autobiography
  • The Scientist and the Church, page 22
  • E=mc2: A Biography of the World's Most Famous Equation

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