W. H. Auden

1907 - 1973

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Wystan Hugh Auden (; 21 February 1907 – 29 September 1973) was a British-American poet. Auden's poetry is noted for its stylistic and technical achievement, its engagement with politics, morals, love, and religion, and its variety in tone, form, and content. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of W. H. Auden has received more than 4,258,736 page views. His biography is available in 66 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 62 in 2019). W. H. Auden is the 848th most popular writer (up from 1,064th in 2019), the 640th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 850th in 2019) and the 77th most popular British Writer.

W. H. Auden is most famous for his poetry. He was a British poet who was born in the United States, but moved to England as a child. He is best known for his long poems "September 1, 1939" and "Funeral Blues."

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The orators
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History and criticism, Literature, Opera
Collected works, Criticism and interpretation, Poetry
The ascent of F6
Drama, English drama, Mountaineering
Poets of the English language
English poetry, American poetry, Bio-bibliography
Letters from Iceland
Description and travel, Travel, Poetry


Among writers, W. H. Auden ranks 848 out of 7,302Before him are Julian Barnes, Vittoria Colonna, Robert van Gulik, Heliodorus of Emesa, Juliette Récamier, and Varlam Shalamov. After him are Stesichorus, Jules Renard, Frank Wedekind, Ahmed Deedat, Vicente Aleixandre, and Meša Selimović.

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Among people born in 1907, W. H. Auden ranks 47Before him are Konstantinos Karamanlis, Lucien Laurent, Louis Ferdinand, Prince of Prussia, Compay Segundo, Lê Duẩn, and Varlam Shalamov. After him are Solomon Asch, Pujie, Henri-Georges Clouzot, Barbara Stanwyck, U Nu, and Alexander R. Todd. Among people deceased in 1973, W. H. Auden ranks 47Before him are François Cevert, Taha Hussein, A. S. Neill, Lex Barker, Dickinson W. Richards, and Ingeborg Bachmann. After him are Edward G. Robinson, Elsa Schiaparelli, Frances Marion, Frank Costello, Howard H. Aiken, and Leo Strauss.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, W. H. Auden ranks 640 out of 8,785Before him are John Bunyan (1628), Walter Rothschild, 2nd Baron Rothschild (1868), Julian Barnes (1946), Kenneth MacAlpin (810), Henry Bessemer (1813), and Rudolf Abel (1903). After him are Arthur Cecil Pigou (1877), James Hargreaves (1720), Philippa of England (1394), James Paul Moody (1887), James Dewar (1842), and George Martin (1926).

Among WRITERS In United Kingdom

Among writers born in United Kingdom, W. H. Auden ranks 77Before him are John le Carré (1931), Tony Buzan (1942), Jerome K. Jerome (1859), Edgar Wallace (1875), John Bunyan (1628), and Julian Barnes (1946). After him are Frederick Forsyth (1938), Wilkie Collins (1824), Aubrey Beardsley (1872), Philip Pullman (1946), Ben Jonson (1572), and Bruce Chatwin (1940).