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Stephen Spender

(1909-1995), Poet and critic

Sir Stephen Harold Spender

Sitter associated with 53 portraits
Poet and man of letters. Spender met W.H. Auden and other writers of Auden's circle at Oxford University before going to Berlin in 1930 and later to Spain, during the Civil War. He held many academic appointments in England and the USA and was editor (with Cyril Connolly) of Horizon (1939-41) and of Encounter (1953-66). His first major collection of poetry, Poems (1933), was followed by, amongst others, The Still Centre (1939), Poems of Dedication (1947) and The Generous Days (1969). His highly acclaimed autobiography , World Within a World (1953) details his experiences as well as those of his friends, at the front.

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Stephen Spender

by Howard Coster
nitrate negative, circa 1936
NPG x1626

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Stephen Spender

by Howard Coster
nitrate negative, circa 1936
NPG x1627

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Stephen Spender

by Howard Coster
nitrate negative, circa 1936
NPG x1628

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Stephen Spender

by Howard Coster
nitrate negative, circa 1936
NPG x1629

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Stephen Spender

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1936
NPG x79080

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Stephen Spender

by Unknown photographer
print, circa 1940
NPG x14278

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Stephen Spender

by Bill Brandt
bromide print on card mount, 1941
NPG x22478

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Stephen Spender

by Elliott & Fry
bromide print, March 1949
NPG x91929

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Stephen Spender

by Elliott & Fry
half-plate negative, March 1949
NPG x82252

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Stephen Spender

by Elliott & Fry
half-plate negative, March 1949
NPG x82253

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Stephen Spender

by Elliott & Fry
half-plate negative, March 1949
NPG x82254

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Stephen Spender

by Elliott & Fry
half-plate negative, March 1949
NPG x82255

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Stephen Spender

by Alexandra Burke
cibachrome semi-matte colour print, May 1988
NPG x32388

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