W. H. Auden

British-American poet (1907–1973)

Wystan Hugh Auden (21 February 1907 – 29 September 1973) was a Anglo-American poet. He was born in York and moved to Harborne, Birmingham in 1908, then to New York City in 1939. He wrote several famous poems such as Funeral Blues, and As I Walked Out One Evening. He signed his works W. H. Auden. He died in Vienna, Austria and is buried in Kirchstetten.[1]

W.H. Auden (right) with Christopher Isherwood in 1939

Auden was an Anglican[2] and was gay. He married Erika Mann in 1935 to enable her to escape Nazi Germany. His partner from 1946 until his death was Chester Kallman (1921–1975).[1]



  1. 1.0 1.1 Poets' Graves
  2. W. H. Auden's wisdom, faith and humor