Books: Terminal Echoes

THANK YOU, FOG by W.H. AUDEN 59 pages. Random House. $6.

"A writer gives himself away all the time anyway," W.H. Auden once pointed out. "He has no important secrets.'' Certainly the secrets in this poet's heart were well known by the time he died two falls ago. Auden's evolution from anger to acceptance, from wrathful condemnation of prewar society ("that confabulation of weasels at the next table") to rueful contemplation of self, was one of the best articulated literary odysseys ever taken.

If there are no secrets in this volume, there are no surprises...

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