W. H. Auden

by Charles Osborne.Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, $15.95. The subtitle is The Life of a Poet, but what this book provides is rather plain facts about a poet—comings and goings, names of friends and lovers, a few anecdotes, and a number of quotations. There is plenty about Auden, but little to give any sense of the living man. Illustrations.