Stephen Spender

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Title Stephen Spender
Artist Lee Miller
Year 1947
Location Vogue studio
Town/City London
Country England
Format Modern
Contact Sheet
Description Sir Stephen Harold Spender (1909-1995) was an English poet, essayist and literary critic, known for his impassioned poetry and his association with other literary greats, such as T.S. Eliot, W. H. Auden, Christopher Isherwood and Virginia Woolf. His work returned repeatedly to themes of class struggle, protest, and censorship. In his later years Spender was a champion of new talent, even going so far as to start a fund to support Dylan Thomas. As a young poet, Spender had himself benefitted from the support of T.S Eliot, then an editor at the publishing house Faber & Faber. Lee Miller shot Spender's portrait for the April 1947 issue of Vogue, to accompany his essay 'Notes from England: Fuel Crisis'. Published in US Vogue, 15 August 1947, page 168. Captioned as: Stephen Spender, the English poet, author of "Poems of Dedication", is teaching literature at Sarah Lawrence.

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