The Decadent Immortals of Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles and The Public Poetry of W.H. Auden

  • by Alan Jacobs
  • 2 hrs and 0 mins
  • Speech

Publisher's Summary

Literary critic Alan Jacobs on the decadence of Anne Rice's vampire novels and the social themes in W.H. Auden's poetry. Whereas traditionally vampires are portrayed as blood-hungry fiends, Rice's books extol the power and freedom that these immortals enjoy. Jacobs explores the moral and literary consequences of this unabashed celebration of self-indulgence. Then, Jacobs dissects Auden's poetry and explains how the poet returned to the church after realizing that liberal humanism failed to provide answers to the problem of evil.

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  • Release Date: 12-17-1999
  • Publisher: Mars Hill Audio