MacNeice, Louis, 1907-1963

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Birth 1907-09-12
Death 1963-09-03

Biographical notes:

Louis MacNeice (1907-63) was a poet and dramatist.

From the guide to the Letters and photographs of Louis MacNeice, 1911-40, (University of Oxford, Bodleian Library)

Louis MacNeice was born in Belfast, Ireland in 1907, his family later moved to Carrickfergus, County Antrim. He attended Merton College, Oxford University, 1926-1930, where he met his lifelong friend W.H. Auden. In the 1930s, MacNeice was associated with English poets, W.H. Auden, Stephen Spender, and C. Day Lewis, standing out because of his more casual, colloquial style. MacNeice is best known for his poetry such as Blind Fireworks, The Earth Compels, Autumn Journal, The Last Ditch, Plant and Phantom, Springboard, Holes in the Sky, Ten Burnt Offerings, The Other Wing, Visitations, Eight-five, Solstices, The Burning Perch, and Round the Corner, but also wrote several plays and radio scripts, as well as literary criticism. MacNeice taught at the University of Birmingham, University of London, and Cornell University, served as a feature writer and producer for the BBC, and was the Director of the British Institute, Athens, Greece. In 1957, he was received a Commander of the Order of the British Empire honor. MacNeice died of pneumonia in 1963. MacNeice's influence is still felt today in the poetry of the post-war generation Irish poets, including Michael Longley and Derek Mahon.

From the description of Louis MacNeice collection, 1926-1959. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122654149

English poet.

From the description of Louis MacNeice papers, 1960-1969. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 606938300

From the description of When I was twenty-one : typescript signed and galley proofs signed of the essay : [n.p., n.d.]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270875108

Louis MacNeice was born in Belfast, Ireland, and educated at Merton College, Oxford. He was a lecturer in English and Greek at various universities, 1930-1940, and a writer and producer for the BBC, 1941-1949 and 1951-1963, and the British Institute, Athens (later merged with the British Council), 1950-1951. As a poet he is usually associated with Auden, Spender, and Day Lewis. He wrote plays for stage, radio, and television, notably The dark tower (1946), and was the author of several works of literary criticism.

From the description of Louis MacNeice letters and photograph, 1939-1951. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 60718010

Louis MacNeice was a British poet, playwright, literary critic, screenwriter, and translator.

From the description of Louis MacNeice collection of papers, [1934]-1966. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122579868

From the guide to the Louis MacNeice collection of papers, 1934]-1966, (The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.)


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