AUDEN, W.H. 20575



Autograph Letter Signed ‘Wystan Auden’, to Mr. [Branko] Brusar, offering “to collaborate in your project if I can find the time”, with suggestions about the contract. An attractive one page example 12 x 8 inches, light folds. Berlin-Dahlem, Germany, 1 March, no year given. Wystan Hugh Auden (1907-1973), poet. Nikola Sop [pronounced shop] (1904-1982), Bosnian poet of Croat origin, Christian mystic, schoolteacher and translator of the Latin classics. B.S.Brusar was a Croatian literary translator. Sop’s poems were published in Encounter in the 1960s. These include two long poems, Cottages in Space (November 1969) and Space Scene With Rooster (June 1971), all redone by Auden and co-signed with his name as translator. A pocket edition of these and other poems, entitled Auden’s Sop, was published by the Croatian Writers’ Association in 1997. Auden writes: “Obviously, as with the space poem, all you need me for is to add a few touches to your translation and, whatever contract we make, my role and percentage will be minor.”