„The man writes with such genuine passion for the books he's discussing. With so many critics you feel they're writing so people will say they're good critics.“
— William Empson English literary critic and poet 1906 - 1984
Criticism, W. H. Auden, recorded in Alan Ansen (ed. Nicholas Jenkins) The Table Talk of W. H. Auden (London: Faber, 1991) p. 44.