40 years since Auden’s death
Auden died on the 29th of September, 1973, in a hotel room in Vienna. According to rumour, the hotel staff worried it might have been suicide, because there was a half-empty decanter of vodka and a bottle of sleeping pills on the nightstand. Auden’s partner (sort of) since 1939, Chester Kallmann, had to explain to them that he always fell asleep that way (the Benzedrine he purportedly took each morning to kick him into writing gear probably didn’t help).
Here are some readings I found today that I hadn’t heard before: