W.H. Auden on banking

Auden wrote the following praise to Cyril Connolly about his recently published book:

As both Eliot and Edmund Wilson are Americans, I think Enemies of Promise is the best English book of criticism since the war, and more than Eliot or Wilson you really write about writing in the only way which is interesting to anyone except academics, as a real occupation like banking or fucking, with all its attendant boredom, excitement, and terror.

That is from Stefan Collini’s often quite interesting Common Reading: Critics, Historians, and Public.


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