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The Auden-Mann marriage certificate, 1935.
“The story is usually told that Erika Mann arrived at Malvern only very shortly before the wedding— having, it is said, first got off the train at the wrong station (Malvern Link instead of Great Malvern) and greeted the only man on the platform with the words ‘It is so kind of you to marry me!’ Another version of the same story has Auden arriving just in time for the train, rushing up to the first woman he sees, throwing his arms around her neck, and exclaiming, ‘Darling, how lovely to meet you!’- whereupon the woman scampers in terror. Austin Wright’s account shows that neither anecdote is true, and that Auden met Erika Mann a few days before the wedding; though the true story is almost as comic as the fictitious versions.
'She was invited over during the summer term,' recalls Wright. 'Again I was taken— playing Pylades to Orestes— and we were to meet her at a village pub some way away. (Wystan drove right over a small central village green, dragging a huge white stone under the car.) And there she was. She was nine-tenths a man- I mean no pun. But it couldn’t have gone better- for the homosexual Wystan, ideal. She insisted on driving us back to Malvern- yes, she had a license and was an international car rally driver.’ […]
On 15 June, the marriage took place […] there was no celebration, though Austin Wright recalls that a bunch of flowers and cabbage leaves were tied on to the radiator-knob of Auden’s car. Auden then drove Erika to the Abbey Hotel at Malvern, where she was staying, and returned to school to continue his day’s teaching […] Auden wrote to Spender: ‘I didn’t see her till the ceremony and perhaps I shall never see her again. But she is very nice.’
Some days later, a telegram arrived at the Downs. ‘MEINE LIEBE DEINE LIEBE ALLE MENSCHEN GLEICH.’ (My love, your love, all people the same.) It was unsigned. Austin Wright remembers that Auden ‘couldn’t understand what was meant by it’.”
it is so rare that i get to find things to feed my mann siblings obsession! i am pleased
“There are professional thrills and there are professional thrills, but I am extra especially thrilled to report that FSG is going to be publishing John Darnielle’s novel, Wolf in White Van, this fall. John is famous for his work with the Mountain Goats, and I suspect that none of the many fans who know his lyrics and have heard his stories will be surprised by the revelation that his is a genuinely literary mind. And it’s true—Wolf in White Van emphatically proves that his imagination and voice are at least as at home on the page as they are in song.
There are many things worth singling out for praise in Wolf in White Van:the unforgettable main character, Sean Phillips, who has been isolated by a disfiguring injury since age seventeen; Trace Italian, the intricate game within the novel that Sean created and runs; the interplay of real and imagined worlds, which is both complex and heartbreaking; the structure of the storytelling—audacious, brilliant, and never anything but convincing and unreasonably suspenseful; the prose itself, which is precise and beautiful and (forgive me) lyrical.”
Read more from editor Sean McDonald about Wolf in White Van here.
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