Autograph Letter Signed W. H. Auden to Stella Musulin 1961-10-01--1965-08-15

AuthorAuden, W. H.
  • Mayer, Sandra
  • Frühwirth, Timo
  • Grigoriou, Dimitra
PublisherAustrian Centre for Digital Humanities and Cultural Heritage, Vienna 2021
Source Information
  • State Collections of Lower Austria
  • Stella Musulin (Depot)
  • St. Pölten
  • 1961-10-01
  • Hinterholz 6
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  • RDF metadata
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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, .

Können Sie Mittwoch
anstatt Donnerstag zum Abendessen kommen



Dear Stella:

Good. Will be at your place
on Thursday (19th) at 6.p.m.



The date of creation has been delimited based on considerations related to material aspects, Auden's salutatory practice, and letter contents. As suggested by the documents in our collection, Auden would use his off-white Kirchstetten stationery from at least September 1965 onward; the last extant message in the AMP collection that is written on the bluish grey letter paper, used in this document, dates from 12 May 1963. Furthermore, whereas, in his letter from 21 July 1960, Auden addresses Stella Musulin as "Dear Baroness Musulin", he would call her by her first name from at least August 1961 onward. The specific range provided for the date of creation results from investigation into the date of writing as indicated in Auden's message ("Sonntag") in relation to the date of a proposed meeting mentioned in that same message: 1 October 1961 is the date of the Sunday that precedes the first "Thursday (19th)" during Auden's residence at Kirchstetten after July 1960; 15 August 1965 is the date of the Sunday that precedes the last "Thursday (19th)" during Auden's stay in his Austrian home before September 1965.

External Evidence: ph_002

your place

In this period of time, Stella Musulin lived either at Schloss Fridau in Ober-Grafendorf or in Neulinggasse 26 in Vienna.

External Evidence: ph_003