Arthur Kirsch is the Alice Griffin Professor Emeritus at the University of Virginia and the author of books on Shakespeare as well as Auden.
In every way, Kirsch has produced a model of useful scholarship. . . . To know Auden's work well is to acquire a liberal education. These lectures on Shakespeare are a good place to start. Michael Dirda, Washington Post Book World For anyone who has ever resolved in vain to sit down and read right through Shakespeare, this at last is the volume to help fulfil that resolution. . . . [M]asterly. Christopher Murray, Irish Times The finest [book] by any English poet on the subject since (and I am not forgetting Coleridge) Dr. Johnson. Lachlan MacKinnon, Daily Telegraph A remarkable achievement. Frank Kermode, London Review of Books Auden's lectures on Shakespeare are a marvelous blend of steady, patient intelligence and stunning insight spirited, free-thinking, resourceful, unintimidated, liberated from the air of treacly piety, and very, very intelligent. Stephen Greenblatt