Autograph Letter Signed W. H. Auden to Stella Musulin 1968-10-15

PIDhttps://hdl.handle.net/21.11115/0000-000E-C30E-7
AuthorAuden, W. H.
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  • Mayer, Sandra
  • Frühwirth, Timo
  • Grigoriou, Dimitra
PublisherAustrian Centre for Digital Humanities and Cultural Heritage, Vienna 2021
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  • State Collections of Lower Austria
  • Stella Musulin (Depot)
  • St. Pölten
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  • 1968-10-15
  • 32 Bryanston Square
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Cite this Source (MLA 9th Edition)Andorfer Peter, Elsner Daniel, Frühwirth Timo, Grigoriou Dimitra, Mayer Sandra, Mendelson Edward and Neundlinger Helmut. 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, amp.acdh.oeaw.ac.at .

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W.H.Auden
Heyworth
32 Bryanston Square
London. W.I.
England

Air-Mail

Die Baronin
Stella Musulin
Wien III
Neulinggasse 26
Austria .

Re Czech refugees .

Heyworth 32 BRYANSTON SQUARE  LONDON W1 · AMBASSADOR 8906 Tuesday

Dear Stella:

Got back from Oxford yesterday and found your
letter waiting.


1) I think I ought to take the couple in , but
I must leave it to you to decide whether
they are O.K. If they are , all rooms, including
my study ( which can't be heated are open to them.

2). How much money will they need to keep going ?
And how shall I make the arrangements for payment.

Here, I suggest
you contact
Otto Hoffmann.
Wien VII
Karl Schweighofgasse
4/21
Tel. 93/88/155.

3) Will they be able to find work or emigrate before
I return in April,when I'm afraid there will
not be room for them.?

4) I'm worried about how they will get gas-cylinders
for cooking from Neulengbach ,since, presumably . they
have no car. I expect someone in the village
will help.

5). If and when they come, I must know in advance
so that I can write a note to the
BurgomeisterBürgermeister.

Shall be here in my address until Oct 31.st After that
77 St Mark's Place .N.Y.C. N.Y 10003 .

love

Wystan

couple

In her memoir "Auden in Kirchstetten", Stella Musulin writes that after the "uprising in Czechoslovakia in August and September 1968", W. H. Auden considered the "idea of lending the house to two Czechs" (217). In Auden's letter to Musulin from 24 October 1968, he refers to the couple as "the Langers". Eventually, these plans did not materialize. In his letter from 6 November 1968, Auden expresses his relief: "Of course, selfishly, I'm rather relieved. How horrid one is!"

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