Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Stephen Spender Born on February 28th

Stephen Harold Spender was born on February 28th in the Kensington district of London. Spender is considered part of the English Trinity due to his association with Christopher Isherwood and W H Auden. Spender fell in love with Tony Hyndman in 1933 and they lived together from 1935 to 1936, though he had an affair with Muriel Gardiner in 1934. In a letter written to Isherwood in 1935, Spender confided: "I find boys much more attractive, in fact I am rather more than usually susceptible, but actually I find the actual sexual act with women more satisfactory, more terrible, more disgusting, and, in fact, more everything." During his second marriage to a woman named Natasha Litvin, Spender began replacing references to loving men in his work with ambiguous phrases.

Read more at Band of Thebes and at Wikipedia.

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