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LGBT People Of History Part Fourteen W.H Auden

Updated on April 3, 2012
W.H.Auden | Source
Christopher Isherwood & W.H.Auden
Christopher Isherwood & W.H.Auden | Source


Born Wystan Hugh Auden in February of 1907 in the city of York, England. He was the son of a professional middle class family. They later moved to Birmingham in England which was a big industrial city, where Auden grew up.

His brother John Bicknell Auden became a geologist, explorer and official of the World Health Organisation (WHO) .

From the age of eight, Auden was sent to many boarding schools, but one in particular “St Edmunds School” in Surrey was where he first met his lifelong friend Christopher Isherwood.

In 1925 Auden attended Oxford University on a scholarship in biology, though he would change it to English in his second year. Upon graduation he received a third class degree. He later met his friend Christopher Isherwood again and for the next few years the two had a very close friendship and sexual relationship; this would be at intervals however due to them both having relations with many other people too.

Auden wrote his early works in the 1920s and 1930s and in 1928 he left Britain in August and stayed in Berlin for nine months where he was later joined by Christopher Isherwood.

In 1939 Auden and Isherwood both sailed to America entering New York on temporary visas. However Auden’s reputation did suffer back in Britain due to people considering his departure as a betrayal.

Later in 1939 Auden met his lifelong friend and lover Chester Kallman; the pair collaborated on many works together throughout the years.

Auden taught English at the University Of Michigan between the years of 1941 and 1942. He was drafted into the United States Army during the call up but was later rejected on medical grounds. However Auden would continue to teach in various colleges during the war.

In 1946 Auden became an American Citizen and even today is regarded as one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century. He wrote poetry, essays, and reviews on literary, political, psychological and also religious subjects.

Sadly on the 29th of September 1973 W.H. Auden died. He was only 66 years old.

Callum and Ian.

Thanks To Wikipedia

LGBT People Of History Archive
LGBT People Of History Archive | Source
Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde | Source
Tchaikovsky | Source
Marcel Proust
Marcel Proust | Source
Diaghilev | Source

Links To Three Other LGBT People Of History - Ernst Rohm, Magnus Hirschfeld & Christopher Isherwood

Below are links to three hubs that were written prior to the LGBT People Of History Series by myself, as its too late to change any of these in to the format for this series.
So I have placed them here as an index for you to read at your leisure. These three you will find are in my cabaret series focussing on the 1920s and 1930s and leading in to the homosexual suffering imposed by the Nazis from 1933 to 1945.

I hope that you enjoy.


Dr Magnus Hirschfeld
Dr Magnus Hirschfeld | Source
Christopher Isherwood
Christopher Isherwood | Source
Ernst Rohm
Ernst Rohm | Source

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    • calpol25 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK (At Home With My Wonderful Partner)

      Hi Dexter

      Hope you have had a great week, so glad you enjoyed our hub we have more to come :) x

      Thanks again :)

    • Dexter Yarbrough profile image

      Dexter Yarbrough 

      6 years ago from United States

      Hello! I have been away for a week but am back. Another great hub, guys. I am going to catch up on the others! Voted up!

    • calpol25 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK (At Home With My Wonderful Partner)

      Thanks Ian, I am so glad you like this one, I managed to put the pics to the links this time, am getting good at this lol :)

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      6 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      You did it - pix and all - well done!



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