Alice Kaplan teaches at Yale and is the author of Dreaming in French.
The perils and rewards of studying abroad
Writer Brenda Ueland and the story she never shared
W. H. Auden, E. M. Forster, Philip Larkin, and William Empson are among the most renowned English writers of the 20th century. In this 2009 essay, Steven L. Isenberg writes that “the four have another thing in common, the unlikely and unexpected occasions of my having met each of them for lunch. … While I kept no diary and so remember fewer of their words than I wish, the memories I do have are testimony to their humanity and kindness.”