"America seems to have been irresistible to the young Auden. It not only offered a fresh start, but afforded him the chance to grow in new ways. In a sense, he was sailing away from the predictably public figure he had become toward some undiscovered destination within himself. America encouraged the introvert in him, he wrote, adding — amazingly enough — that "all Americans are introverts." The Auden who arrived on these shores was in certain respects as clueless as Columbus..."
Auden & America - The New York Sun