Auden and Isherwood

We have just acquired a series first editions from some of the most important British writers of the twentieth century.


The so-called 30s writers, named after the ‘low, dishonest decade’ in which they came to prominenc

e, included not only these two literary titans, but Sir Stephen Spender, poet laureate Cecil Day-Lewis and Louis MacNeice. They became famous for their acerbic and incisive political commentary, found in works such as Auden’s Spain and Isherwood’s Goodbye to Berlin.

Our collection includes a great number of W H Auden first editions (all published by Faber and Faber), such as his Collected Poems, his Christmas Oratorio For the Time Being and his Pulitzer Prize-wining long poem The Age of Anxiety: a Baroque Eclogue.

We also have all of the Californian Isherwood novels in their first edition, including his magnum opus A Single Man, recently adapted into an Oscar-winning film by Tom Ford, his acclaimed memoir of the Berlin years, Christopher and his Kind, and a signed copy of Down There on a Visit.

The collection also includes a some lesser-known works, such as the first acting edition of Dylan Thomas’s Under Milk Wood and Louis MacNeice’s play The Dark Tower. 

If you’re interested in any of these items, please get in touch using this form or the telephone number and email address below.