W.H. Auden

W.H. Auden (1907-1973) was born in York. He studied English literature at Oxford University. In the 1930s he became the principal figure in a literary movement of young left-wing poets who were committed to diagnosing the political and social problems of their time, including the threat of fascism. Auden went to Spain during the Spanish Civil War (1936-39). He left England for the United States in 1939, and later became an American citizen.