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W. H. Auden
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Auden in 1939
Born
Wystan Hugh Auden

(1907-02-21)21 February 1907
York, England
Died 29 September 1973(1973-09-29) (aged 66)
Vienna, Austria
Residence York, Birmingham, Oxford (UK); Berlin (Germany); Helensburgh, Colwall, London (UK); New York, Ann Arbor, Swarthmore (US); Ischia (Italy); Kirchstetten (Austria); Oxford (UK)
Citizenship British (birth); American (1946)
Education M.A. English language and literature
Alma mater Christ Church, Oxford
Occupation Poet
Spouse(s) Erika Mann (unconsummated marriage, 1935, to provide her with a British passport)
Relatives
  • George Augustus Auden (father)
  • Constance Rosalie Bicknell Auden (mother)
  • John Bicknell Auden (brother)

Wystan Hugh Auden (21 February 1907 – 29 September 1973) was a Anglo-American poet. He was born in York and moved to Harborne, Birmingham in 1908, then to New York City in 1939. He wrote several famous poems such as Funeral Blues, and As I Walked Out One Evening. He signed his works W. H. Auden. He died in Vienna, Austria and is buried in Kirchstetten.

Auden was an Anglican and was gay. He married Erika Mann in 1935 to enable her to escape Nazi Germany. His partner from 1946 until his death was Chester Kallman (1921-1975).

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