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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 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 3,330,362 page views. His biography is available in 62 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 61 in 2019). W. H. Auden is the 1,072nd most popular writer (down from 891st in 2019), the 851st most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 690th in 2019) and the 103rd 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 1,072 out of 5,755Before him are Leonid Andreyev, Adalberon, Irwin Shaw, Branislav Nušić, Cormac McCarthy, and Kazi Nazrul Islam. After him are Marcus Valerius Messalla Corvinus, Madeleine de Scudéry, Lucrezia Tornabuoni, Marcel Pagnol, Sulpicius Severus, and Mercè Rodoreda.

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Among people born in 1907, W. H. Auden ranks 54Before him are H. L. A. Hart, Roman Shukhevych, Lê Duẩn, Zarah Leander, Alfonso, Prince of Asturias, and Yoshiko Kawashima. After him are Alexander R. Todd, Ernesto Geisel, Cesar Romero, Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach, Miklós Rózsa, and Fabian von Schlabrendorff. Among people deceased in 1973, W. H. Auden ranks 51Before him are Edward G. Robinson, Howard H. Aiken, Gerard Kuiper, Frank Costello, Taha Hussein, and Emmy Göring. After him are Otto Klemperer, Robert Siodmak, Alan Watts, E. E. Evans-Pritchard, Leo Strauss, and Katina Paxinou.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, W. H. Auden ranks 851 out of 7,765Before him are Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey (1764), John Cale (1942), John Cockcroft (1897), Damon Hill (1960), Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 3rd Earl of Shaftesbury (1671), and Albert Pierrepoint (1905). After him are Edward Wood, 1st Earl of Halifax (1881), Olave Baden-Powell (1889), William Penn (1645), William John Macquorn Rankine (1820), Billy Idol (1955), and Harthacnut I of Denmark (880).

Among WRITERS In United Kingdom

Among writers born in United Kingdom, W. H. Auden ranks 103Before him are Bernard Cornwell (1944), Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689), James Hadley Chase (1906), Jerome K. Jerome (1859), Edmund Spenser (1552), and Robert Graves (1895). After him are Rosamunde Pilcher (1924), Patrick White (1912), Allan Pinkerton (1819), Thomas Chatterton (1752), Elizabeth Gaskell (1810), and Lobsang Rampa (1910).