Additional Book Information

Series: NYRB Classics
ISBN: 9780940322134
Pages: 280
Publication Date: September 30, 1999

The Living Thoughts of Kierkegaard

edited and with an introduction by W.H. Auden


Translated from the Danish by Walter Lowrie, David Swenson, and Alexander Dru

The Danish philosopher Kierkegaard is one of the master thinkers of the modern age, a defining influence on existentialism and on twentieth-century theology, and this brilliantly tailored selection from his vast and varied writings—made by the great English poet W.H Auden—is a perfect introduction to his work. Auden’s inspired and incisive response to a thinker who had done much to shape his own beliefs is a fundamental reading of an author whose spirit remains as radical as ever more than 150 years after he wrote.


Auden accepted many assignments in his industrious life and always made something creative of them. The Living Thoughts of Søren Kierkegaard is more than an anthology, it is a bold reshaping of the Dane's oeuvre and the handiest introduction to him as a Christian apologist. Auden's compressed and jauntily dogmatic introduction is itself an education.
— John Updike