Charles Ludington is a professor of history at North Carolina State University.
A brief history of the Yuletide in America
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.”