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BIOGRAPHY – JOHN BETJEMAN Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Posted by edincityoflit in Poets.

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.


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