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W. H. Auden (poet)

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Who is W. H. Auden?

W. H. Auden: Wystan Hugh Auden, who published as W. H. Auden, was an Anglo-American poet, born in England, later an American citizen, and is regarded by many critics as one of the greatest writers of the 20th century. His work is noted for its stylistic and technical achievement, its engagement with moral and political issues, and its variety in tone, form and content. The central themes of his poetry are love, politics and citizenship, religion and morals, and the relationship between unique human beings and the anonymous, impersonal world of nature.

  • also known as W.H. Auden; Wystan Hugh Auden; Auden, W.H.
  • born on (107 years ago) in York, child of George Augustus Auden and Constance Rosalie Bicknell Auden
  • ethnicity: English people
  • nationality: England, United States of America
  • religion: Anglicanism, Christianity
  • education:
  • profession: Librettist, poet, screenwriter, author, composer, writer, playwright, essayist
  • Marriage with Erika Mann between and (34 years and 2 months)
  • died on (41 years ago) in Vienna
  • written works: "The Shield of Achilles", "Thank You, Fog", "Epistle to a Godson", "City Without Walls", "About the House", "Homage to Clio", "Nones", "The Double Man", "Another Time", "Journey to a War", "A Certain World", "Spain", "Letters from Iceland", "Forewords and Afterwords", "Poems", "The Age of Anxiety", "Academic Graffiti", "The Dyer's Hand", "The Sea and the Mirror", "Secondary Worlds", "The Platonic Blow", "Making, knowing and judging", "Look, Stranger!", "The Complete Works of W. H. Auden", "A gobble poem", "A shock", "Nineteenth century minor poets", "The common life", "Havamal Words Of The High One", "Ode to Terminus =", "St. John Perse", "Our changing society", "The English Auden", "Portable Poets of the English Language, Victorian and Edwardian", "The martyr as dramatic hero", "The old man's road", "The cave of making", "Education, today - and tomorrow", "The Enchafed Flood", "Three unpublished poems", "Comp Wor Auden Libre", "The witnesses", "44 wiersze", "The Oxford Book of Light Verse", "Louis MacNeice, a memorial address", "Poesie di W.H. Auden", "A reminder", "Auden--five poems", "The maker"
  • films written:
  • some of the nominations and awards:
      • Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts, US & Canada (Poetry)
      • Pulitzer Prize for Poetry - "The Age of Anxiety"
      • nominated to National Book Award for Poetry - "Nones"
      • Bollingen Prize
      • nominated to National Book Award for Poetry - "The Shield of Achilles"
      • National Book Award for Poetry - "The Shield of Achilles"
      • nominated to National Book Award for Poetry - "Homage to Clio"
      • nominated to National Book Award for Poetry - "About the House"
      • American Academy of Arts and Letters Gold Medal for Poetry
      • St. Louis Literary Award
      • nominated to National Book Award for Poetry - "Epistle to a Godson"
      • nominated to National Book Award for Arts and Letters (Nonfiction) - "Forewords and Afterwords"

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W. H. Auden

Wystan Hugh Auden, c. 1955, Watercolor on paper by Richard Francis Lahey

Born in England, poet Wystan Hugh Auden came to the United States in 1939 and seven years later became an American citizen. In 1947 he won the Pulitzer Prize for The Age of Anxiety, a long poem that fellow poet Marianne Moore described as a modern morality play. Richard Lahey's watercolor was exhibited under the title W. H. Auden Reading Poetry, circa 1955. Principal of the Corcoran School of Art, Lahey was a respected portraitist, watercolorist, and printmaker in a generally traditionalist mode, but here he experimented with a cubist abstraction of form. Despite the distortions, Auden, with his tweedy look and boyish haircut, is still recognizable as the energetic teacher, lecturer, and editor from the American phase of his career. In his later years, he was generally acknowledged to be one of the finest poets in the English language.

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