The Dance of Death

Auden's satiric musical extravaganza


W H Auden


Faber & Faber, London, 1935
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Printing Details

First edition, second impression. Hardback in dustwrapper. 22.5 × 14.5cm, 38pp.

The Dance of Death is a satiric musical extravaganza that portrays the "death inside" the middle classes as a silent dancer. The dancer first attempts to keep himself alive through escapism at a resort hotel, then through nationalistic enthusiasm, then through idealism, then through a New Year's party at a brothel, before he finally dies. Karl Marx appears on stage and pronounces the dancer dead. "The instruments of production have been too much for him."


The book is in good condition, with some tanning to the pages edges and previous owner's name to ffep (Richard Boarse Kelynack Strick). The dustwrapper is quite tatty with surface wear to the upper panel and tanning and chipping to the edges. A perfectly good early reading copy.

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