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Contemporaries of Stephen Spender

Spender had strong friendships with some of the key figures in 20th century artistic life – including T. S. Eliot, W. H. Auden, W. B. Yeats, Christopher Isherwood, Cecil Day Lewis, Ernest Hemingway, Virginia and Leonard Woolf, George Orwell and former Poet Laureate Ted Hughes (an active founder member of the Stephen Spender Trust).

Spender was also friends with Isaiah Berlin, Igor Stravinsky, André Gide, Aldous Huxley, André Malraux, Louis MacNeice, Czeslaw Milosz, Octavio Paz, Joseph Brodsky, David Gascoyne, Bernard Spencer, Lytton Strachey, the Sitwells (Sacheverell, Sir Osbert, and Dr Edith), Edwin and Willa Muir, Pablo Neruda, Henry Moore, Frank Auerbach, Francis Bacon and David Hockney.

links to sites relating to Stephen Spender’s circle of friends:

W. H. Auden (1907–73) The W. H. Auden Society
Francis Bacon (1909–1992) The estate of Francis Bacon
Isaiah Berlin (1909–1997) The Isiah Berlin virtual library
C. Day Lewis (1904–1972) The official C. Day Lewis site
T. S. Eliot (1888–1965) Old Possum’s Practical Trust
David Hockney (1937–) The authorized David Hockney website
Christopher Isherwood (1904–1986) Christopher Isherwood Foundation
Henry Moore (1898–1986) The Henry Moore Foundation
Edward Upward (1903–2009) The Edward Upward website
Virginia Woolf (1882–1941) The Virginia Woolf Society
W. B. Yeats (1865–1939) The Yeats Sligo Society