Random House, 1950. First edition, first printing. Some faint and sparse red pencil underling through page 35, offsetting to endpapers, light wear to extremities, very good in good, faintly toned dust jacket with darkened spine and shallow chipping to upper spine, front spine crease three-quarters split, in mylar cover. Item #158563
Signed/Lined by Auden on the title page.
Taking its name from Shakespeare's Othello, this book contains Auden's three Page-Barbour Lectures delivered at the University of Virginia in 1949.
The principal works he examines are Coleridge's The ancient Mariner, Lewis Carroll's The Hunting of the Snark, Gerard Manley Hopkins' The Wreck of the Deutschland, Jules Verne's Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, the poems of Baudelaire and Rimbaud and the novels of Herman Melville.