Collection SC006 - W. H. Auden collection

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W. H. Auden collection

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  • 1961 - 1969 (Creation)

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1 cm of textual records

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W. H. (Wystan Hugh) Auden, born in York and educated at Oxford, was an English poet who had a major influence on modern poetry, particularly during the 1930s. After assisting the Republican side in the Spanish Civil War, Auden moved to the United States in 1939, where he taught in colleges and universities. He became an American citizen in 1946. Among Auden's works include "The Double Man", "Nones", and "The Shield of Achilles". He also collaborated on drama and opera librettos, and wrote literary criticism.

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The collection consists of a printed invitation to Auden's birthday party in 1961 plus carbon and Xerox copies of typed letters and holographic notes from Pulitzer Prize administration to Auden listing books sent to him as a member of the Poetry Jury.

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Revised by JF, August 9, 2013.

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  • English

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