LGBT People Of History Part Fourteen W.H Auden
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
Here Are The Links To Our Other LGBT People Of History Series
- LGBT People Of History Collection
Here are the links to each of the LGBT People Of History hubs that Ian and I have wrote. As mentioned above, each time a new one is published you will find it on here.
- LGBT People Of History Part Ten Oscar Wilde
Born 16th October 1854 in Dublin, Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde was the son of two intellectuals of Dublin and from an early age was fluent in both French and German. He showed wit and high intelligence from a very early age. Oscar...
- LGBT People of History 11 Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky was a famous Russian composer. Some say his music is simplistic, childlike and raucous. We think it is full of emotion and passion. He was born in 1840 and was actually trained for the Civil Service. However he managed to ent
- LGBT People Of History Part Twelve Marcel Proust
Valentin Louis Georges Eugene Marcel Proust was born in Auteuil near Paris in 1871. He suffered asthma for almost the entirety of his life. Partly because of this he was bullied at school. However he did manage to serve for a year in the French Army.
- LGBT People of History 13 - Diaghilev and Nijinsky
Sergei Pavlovich Diaghilev (1872 – 1929) was a Russian impresario who founded the Ballet Russe and took the world by storm in the early twentieth century.
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.
Links To Three More LGBT People Of History Ernst Rohm, Magnus Hirschfeld & Christopher Isherwood
- Dr Magnus Hirschfeld (1868 - 1935) The First Gay Activist
Dr Magnus Hirschfeld (1868 - 1935) became a pioneer to the homosexual populous of Germany and should never be forgotten for his work in reforming the laws criminalizing homosexuality in Germany.
- Christopher Isherwood
Christopher, William, Bradshaw, Isherwood was born 26th of August 1904 at Wybersleigh Hall in England. Christopher became really good friends with Magnus Hirschfeld and his lover Karl Giese who was the institute of sexual wissentscahfts secretary, w
- Ernst Rohm The Gay Nazi
Born November 28th 1887 in Munich Germany was Ernst Julius Rohm to Emile and Julius Rohm his proud parents. A native of Munich Ernst served as an Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant) with the 13th infantry regiment in the Bavarian army at the beginning of t