The Dyer's Hand

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First edition (US)

The Dyer's Hand and other essays is a prose book by W. H. Auden, published in 1962 in the US by Random House and in the UK the following year by Faber & Faber

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:

About Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin:


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

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