Author(s): Clark Thekla
During the 1950s and 1960s, W.H. Auden and Chester Kallman spent their summers on Ischia in the Gulf of Naples, at a time when the island had not yet been developed for tourists. The writer of this memoir, who herself arrived on Ischia as a young American divorcee looking for a new husband, got to know the friends well and remained close to them for the rest of their lives. Her recollections provide a portrait of the two men - their habits, remarks, meals, domestic arrangements, lovers, pets and (eventually, elsewhere) their ageing and decline.