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May 20, 2013

Auden, Orwell, Spain

jose-bardasano-spanish-civil-war-154x210On this day in 1937 W. H. Auden’s Spain was published. Proceeds from sales of this pamphlet-length poem went to the Medical Aid Committee, one of many international organizations supporting the anti-Franco cause in the Spanish Civil War, and a group which Auden had tried to join as an ambulance driver. Had he been successful, he might have helped George Orwell: also on this day in 1937, he was shot in the throat while fighting for the Republican side.

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