A prominent member of the Auden group, Rex Warner (1905-1986) was a “legend” during the 1930s and 1940s, according to Stephen Spender, another important member of the group. During that period, Warner's Left-leaning fictional fantasies, poetry, and essays won him national and even international fame; later, despairing of bettering the world through politically engaged writing, from the 1950s through the early 1970s, he turned primarily to historical novels and to translations from the Latin and the Greek. Today, more than twenty years after his death, his reputation rests largely on his futuristic novel The Aerodrome (1941), which is often reprinted, and on his two historical novels, The Young Caesar (1958) and
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