Ather Time was the first volume that Auden published after his departure to America with Christopher Isherwood in January 1939. It was dedicated to Chester Kallman. The poems, some of which date from the early thirties, are about people, places and the intellectual climate of the times, and they show greater variety of tone and technique than in any previous book of Auden's. Some of his most famous and often quoted (or misquoted) lines appear in thier original form, including the text of two poems in particular - 'Spain 1937' and 'September 1, 1939' - that he later altered or repudiated.
W. H. Auden was born in York in 1907. His first full-length collection was called Poems, published by T. S. Eliot at Faber in 1930. The many volumes he published thereafter included poetry, plays, essays and libretti, and his ceaseless experimentation, consummate craftsmanship and originality established him as one of the most influential poets of the twentieth century.