- Category : 1907-births
- Type : MGE
- Profile : 3/5 - Martyr / Heretic
- Definition : Single
- Incarnation Cross : RAX The Sleeping Phoenix 1
British poet: perhaps the most outstanding of the 1930s, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1948 for "The Age of Anxiety."
He had a brush with fascism, a life-long fascination with psychology, and finally returned to the Christianity of his childhood. A complex of contradictions, after a decade of fame he shifted from high-toned symbolism to earthier poems that mixed lyric intensity with comedy, even vulgarity.
In 1939 he left his native country for the USA. Punctilious in his daily routine, he was also untidy, hard-drinking and long addicted to Benzedrine. Old and ill at 50, Auden was open and in harmony about his homosexuality, though he did have a heterosexual affair.
Died in his sleep, apparently of a heart attack, 29 September 1973, Vienna, Austria.