Autograph Letter Signed W. H. Auden to Stella Musulin 1964-12-23
AuthorAuden, W. H.
  • Mayer, Sandra
  • Frühwirth, Timo
PublisherAustrian Centre for Digital Humanities and Cultural Heritage, Vienna 2021
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Cite this Source (MLA 9th Edition)Andorfer Peter, Mayer Sandra, Frühwirth Timo, Mendelson Edward, Neundlinger Helmut and Stoxreiter Daniel. Auden Musulin Papers: A Digital Edition of W. H. Auden's Letters to Stella Musulin. Austrian Centre for Digital Humanities and Cultural Heritage, Austrian Academy of Sciences, 2022, Acessed Please activate JavaScript and reload page!.

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Die Baronin
Stella Musulin
bei. S. Pölten


Wien IV
Neulinggasse 26/14

W H Auden
Hubertusbaderstrasse 43

Dec 23rd

Hubertusbaderstrasse 43

Dear Stella:
It was sweet of you to think of me at
Christmas ,especially since it's a little einsam here.
Am beginning to know some local inhabitants. Oddly enough,
the ones I can talk to most easily ar from Ost-Berlin,
The most awful thing about the Bifkes is that
they are so much nicer under a little Druck.
When they feel their oats they are so apt to become
If I'd known,I'd have warned you about The
National Review
. I once reviewed a Charles Williams
book for them - never again. Of course you're right
about the lib-labs ostrich attitude to those who
wish to destroy them, but one cannot let one's name
be associated with shits.
Torture is the iniquity which utterly bewilders me.
I know something about the evil in my own heart and
[]in the sort of people I knowmeet, but I cannot conceive of myself
or them torturing anybody. Where do the torturers
come from? What class? Whom do they marry?
Have you ever met one? To what pubs do they go?
much love and best wishes for 1965