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W. H. Auden

W. H. AudenAKA Wystan Hugh Auden

Born: 21-Feb-1907
Birthplace: York, North Yorkshire, England [1]
Died: 29-Sep-1973
Location of death: Vienna, Austria
Cause of death: Heart Failure
Remains: Buried, Kirchstatten Cemetery, Kirchstetten, Austria

Gender: Male
Religion: Anglican/Episcopalian
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Gay [2]
Occupation: Poet

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: The Age of Anxiety


[1] 54 Bootham, York, North Yorkshire, England.

[2] Dorothy J. Farnan, Auden in Love.

Father: George Auden (physician)
Mother: Constance Bicknell (nurse)
Brother: Bernard (b. 1900)
Brother: John (b. 1903)
Wife: Erika Mann (dau. of
Thomas Mann, for emigration, m. 1935, d. 27-Aug-1969)
Boyfriend: Chester Kallman (poet, b. 1921, d. 1975, lovers 1946 until Auden's death)

    High School: Gresham's School
    University: Christ Church, Oxford University (1928, third class degree)
    Professor: Poetry, Oxford University (1956-61)

    Pulitzer Prize for Poetry 1948 for The Age of Anxiety
    Bollingen Prize in Poetry 1954
    National Book Award for Poetry 1956 for The Shield of Achilles
    American Academy of Arts and Letters
    Naturalized US Citizen
    Converted to Anglicanism
    Risk Factors: Arachnophobia, Smoking

Is the subject of books:
W. H. Auden: A Bibliography 1924-1969, 1972, BY: Humphrey Carpenter and Edward Mendelson
W. H. Auden: A Biography, 1981, BY: Humphrey Carpenter
Early Auden, 1981, BY: Edward Mendelson
Later Auden, 1999, BY: Edward Mendelson

Author of books:
Poems (1930, poetry)
Look, Stranger! (1936, poetry)
Spain (1937)
Journey to a War (1939, with Christopher Isherwood)
Another Time (1940, poetry)
The Sea and the Mirror (1944)
For the Time Being (1945)
The Age of Anxiety: A Baroque Eclogue (1947, poetry)
Collected Shorter Poems, 1930-44 (1950, poetry)
The Shield of Achilles (1955, poetry)
Making, Knowing, and Judging (1956)
Homage to Clio (1960, poetry)
The Dyer's Hand (1962, poetry)
A Certain World: A Commonplace Book (1970)
City without Walls (1970, poetry)
Academic Graffiti (1971)
Thank You, Fog (1973)
Collected Poems (1976, poetry)


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