Quotation by W.H. Auden

The Americans are violently oral.... That's why in America the mother is all-important and the father has no position at all—isn't respected in the least. Even the American passion for laxatives can be explained as an oral manifestation. They want to get rid of any unpleasantness taken in through the mouth.
W.H. (Wystan Hugh) Auden (1907–1973), Anglo-American poet. "Halloween 1947," The Table Talk of W. H. Auden, comp. Alan Ansen, ed. Nicholas Jenkins (1990).
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