Stephen Burt teaches at Harvard University. He is the author of four volumes of poetry, including Advice from the Lights.
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.”