Wystan Hugh Auden is buried in Kirchstetten, Austria, Europe.
educated at Gresham's School in North Norfolk and Christ Church College,
Oxford. As a student he became associated with the group of
left-wing poets which included: Louis MacNeice,
Cecil Day-Lewis and Stephen Spender. (See
first collection of poetry entitled Poems was accepted for
publication by T.S.Eliot (the poetry editor at
Faber and Faber) and appeared in 1930. It was well received by the
critics and established him as one of the leading poets of his
Auden famously worked with the GPO to produce a documentary which
included his poem Night Mail. He also worked with Benjamin
Britten, who set many of his poems to music.
Although gay, Auden
married Erika Mann in 1935 to enable her to escape persecution in
In 1939 Auden and Christopher Isherwood left Europe for
America. He had earlier collaborated with Isherwood to write the stage
play The Dog Beneath the Skin. While in America, Auden met
Chester Kallman who was to be his companion for the rest of his life.
Auden was a skilled exponent of traditional verse and meter forms, but
also had the knack of making his poems modern and relevant. (See