W. H. Auden

1907 - 1973

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Wystan Hugh Auden (; 21 February 1907 – 29 September 1973) was an Anglo-American poet. Auden's poetry was noted for its stylistic and technical achievement, its engagement with politics, morals, love, and religion, and its variety in tone, form, and content. Some of his best known poems are about love, such as "Funeral Blues"; on political and social themes, such as "September 1, 1939" and "The Shield of Achilles"; on cultural and psychological themes, such as The Age of Anxiety; and on religious themes such as "For the Time Being" and "Horae Canonicae".He was born in York and grew up in and near Birmingham in a professional middle-class family. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of W. H. Auden has received more than 2,796,429 page views. His biography is available in 61 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 58 in 2019). W. H. Auden is the 891st most popular writer (up from 1,359th in 2019), the 691st most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 1,037th in 2019) and the 92nd 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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Among writers, W. H. Auden ranks 891 out of 5,794Before him are Gaius Lucilius, Danilo Kiš, Jules Renard, Branislav Nušić, Aubrey Beardsley, and Rustichello da Pisa. After him are E. M. Forster, James May, Deepak Chopra, Philip Pullman, Jean Webster, and Giambattista Marino.

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Among people born in 1907, W. H. Auden ranks 45Before him are Lucien Laurent, Erich Mielke, Giovanna of Italy, Barbara Stanwyck, Daniel Bovet, and Zarah Leander. After him are Henri-Georges Clouzot, Varlam Shalamov, H. L. A. Hart, Alfonso, Prince of Asturias, Lê Duẩn, and Ray Milland. Among people deceased in 1973, W. H. Auden ranks 45Before him are Jean-Pierre Melville, Artturi Ilmari Virtanen, Gerard Kuiper, Ingeborg Bachmann, Howard H. Aiken, and Frank Costello. After him are Amílcar Cabral, Taha Hussein, Mary Wigman, Elsa Schiaparelli, Katina Paxinou, and Otto Klemperer.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, W. H. Auden ranks 691 out of 6,924Before him are Richard Hamilton (1922), Annie Besant (1847), Macbeth, King of Scotland (1005), Andrew Lloyd Webber (1948), Aubrey Beardsley (1872), and William Webb Ellis (1806). After him are E. M. Forster (1879), James May (1963), Philip Pullman (1946), Thomas Wolsey (1473), John Macleod (1876), and Eric Burdon (1941).

Among WRITERS In United Kingdom

Among writers born in United Kingdom, W. H. Auden ranks 92Before him are John Fowles (1926), Ann Radcliffe (1764), Ernest Thompson Seton (1860), Patrick White (1912), Bruce Chatwin (1940), and Aubrey Beardsley (1872). After him are E. M. Forster (1879), James May (1963), Philip Pullman (1946), Julian Barnes (1946), Robert Graves (1895), and Eleanor Marx (1855).