From Letter to Lord Byron
It’s always good to have an appreciative author. We never did a book for Professor G. L. S. Shackle, but he would call or write to everyone involved in the process, thanking them for making his book so handsome. It made you keen to work on the next one. This is probably a good move for any author, even if you aren’t sure your next book will come from the same publishing house. People do change jobs.
Auden wrote Letter to Lord Byron, a pastiche of Byron’s Don Juan, on his visit to Iceland in 1936. Obviously Faber expected a travel book. Letters from Iceland was indeed forthcoming, a book in prose and verse by Auden and Louis MacNeice. No doubt Faber and Random House have done very nicely out of this Byron piece as well as the other writings of W. H. Auden, though perhaps not as well as John Murray did out of Byron’s Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage. Murray disagreed with Byron about the satirical and sexual content of Don Juan, and actually abandoned publication after the 5th Canto though sales were good.
Sorry I can’t seem to get rid of that indent in the first stanza. Word Press is not set up for verse!