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BIOGRAPHY – W. H. AUDEN Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Posted by edincityoflit in Poets.

W. H. Auden was born in York in 1907.  He attended Oxford University on a biology scholarship but soon realized his true vocation was literature and switched to English.  His first book of poetry, Poems, was published in 1928.

Auden was a prolific writer who wrote prose and journalism in addition to poetry.  Auden was an influential, and at times controversial poet, who became one of the major literary voices of the 20th century.  He emigrated to America in 1939, spending much of his later life wintering in America and summering in Europe.  He died in Vienna in 1973.


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