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W.H. Auden (1907–1973)

Author, poet and composer, educated at Oxford University, and a US citizen in 1946. He co-authored the verse plays: "The Dog Beneath the Skin", "The Ascent of F6", and "On the Frontier". His poetry volumes include: "Double Man". "The Shield of Achilles" (National Book Award), "For the Time Being"' "Collected Shorter Poems", and "The Age of Anxiety... See full bio »


(age 66) in Vienna, Austria

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 2011 Your Crooked Heart (Short) (poem "As I Went Out One Morning")
 2007 The Sunday Programme (TV Series) (extracts - 2 episodes)
- Episode dated 25 February 2007 (2007) ... (extracts)
- Episode dated 18 February 2007 (2007) ... (extracts)
 1998 Live from Lincoln Center (TV Series) (libretto - 1 episode)
- New York City Opera: Paul Bunyan (1998) ... (libretto)
 1995 Rucklarens väg (TV Movie) (libretto)
 1979 The Rake's Progress, a Fable (TV Movie) (libretto)
 1973 Full House (TV Series) (poems - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 7 April 1973 (1973) ... (poems)
 1967 Inzwischen (TV Movie) (oratorium "For the Time Being")
 1962 Runner (Documentary short)
 1961 Play of Daniel (TV Movie) (narration)
 1956 NBC Television Opera Theatre (TV Series) (dialogue: English translation - 1 episode)
- The Magic Flute (1956) ... (dialogue: English translation)
 1939 The Londoners (Documentary short) (verse)
 1938 The White Chateau (TV Movie) (verse)
 1938 The Ascent of F6 (TV Movie)
 1938 God's Chillun (Documentary short)
 1936 The Way to the Sea (Short) (commentary)
 1936 Night Mail (Short documentary)
 1935 Coal Face (Documentary short) (poem)
 1935 Night Mail (poem)
 1935 Beside the Seaside (Documentary short)
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Other Works:

Wrote the foreword for "Some Trees", a book of poetry by John Ashbery. See more »

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2 Print Biographies | 4 Articles | See more »

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Personal Quote:

[on J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings"] If someone dislikes it, I shall never trust their literary judgment about anything again. See more »


He was a long time friend (from the 1920s until Auden's death in 1973) with Christopher Isherwood, who for a time, Auden considered him to be his mentor, traveling companion, occasional writing partner, and possibly sometime lover. See more »

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