Author(s): Louis MacNeice
Written between August and December 1938, "Autumn Journal" is still considered one of the most valuable and moving testaments of living through the thirties by a young writer. It is a record of the author's emotional and intellectual experience during those months, the trivia of everyday living set against the events of the world outside, the settlement in Munich and slow defeat in Spain.
A historically significant collection of poems from one of Ireland's most treasured poets.
'He completely seizes the atmosphere of the year of Munich. He tolls the knell of the political thirties with melancholy triumph.' - Cyril Connolly
Louis MacNeice was born in Belfast in 1907, the son of a Church of Ireland rector, later a bishop. He was educated in England at Sherborne, Marlborough and Merton College, Oxford. His first book of poems, Blind Fireworks, appeared in 1929, and he subsequently worked as a translator, literary critic, playwright, autobiographer, BBC producer and feature writer. The Burning Perch, his last volume of poems, appeared shortly before his death in 1963.