BIOGRAPHY – JOHN BETJEMAN Wednesday, 6 January 2010Posted by edincityoflit in Poets.
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John Betjeman was born in north London in 1906. He attended Oxford University, but was sent down for failing his exams. He found work as a freelance journalist and broadcaster and published wry, comic poetry on the side.
Betjeman’s poetry soon developed a loyal following and his Collected Poems, published in 1958, became a bestseller. Betjeman was appointed England’s Poet Laureate in 1972 and his popularity grew even more. He died in 1984 at his house in Cornwall.