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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 God's Chillun (Documentary short)
 1938 The White Chateau (TV Movie) (verse)
 1938 The Ascent of F6 (TV Movie)
 1936 The Way to the Sea (Short) (commentary)
 1936 Night Mail (Short documentary) (writer)
 1935 Beside the Seaside (Documentary short)
 1935 Coal Face (Documentary short) (poem)
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I think a great many of us are haunted by the feelings that our society - and I don't mean just the United States or Europe, but our whole world-wide technological civilization, whether officially labelled capitalist, socialist or communist - is going to go smash, and probably deserves to. See more »


In 1935 he entered into what was then known as a lavender marriage (a marriage of convenience, often by or between gay and lesbians) to the lesbian German actress and writer, Erika Mann, in order that she could obtain British citizenship, and a UK passport, so that she would not have to return to Nazi Germany, and also allowing her to move to the United States. They never lived together, but ... See more »

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