British-American poet 1907 - 1973 (66 years old)

Wystan Hugh Auden


was introduced to Old English poetry through the lectures of JRR Tolkien!!

marriage of convenience w Erika Mann, lesbian writer and daughter of Thomas Mann, German writer and 1929 Nobel Prize for Literature laureate. This was during the rise of Hitler, and the marriage was so that Erika Mann could gain a Britain citizenship and flee Germany.