National Book Award-winning poet W.H. Auden’s lost journal from August to November, 1939—one of only three that he is known to have kept—was recently found, although it is unclear how. The 96-page manuscript describes both his romance with American poet Chester Kallman and the prelude to World War II that inspired his poem “September 1, 1939”: “woke with a headache after a night of bad dreams in which C was unfaithful […] and in an hour, they say, England will be at war.” The journal will be auctioned next month at London’s Christie’s, where it is expected to fetch as much as £60,000. (Photo credit: Carl Van Vechten.)
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