W. H. Auden was born on February 21st 1907 in York, England. He was a poet, author and playwright. Auden is regarded as leading literary influencer in the 20th century. He is known for his chameleon-like ability to write poems in almost every verse form. His travels in countries torn by political strife influenced his early works. Auden won the Pulitzer Prize in 1948.
He married Erika Mann in 1935. She was the daughter of German novelist Thomas Mann. However, the marriage was not a successful match and the couple divorced. He decided to leave the USA in 1972 and moved back to Oxford. Auden died on September 29th 1973 in Vienna, Austria.