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Louis MacNeice (Frederick Louis MacNeice)

Louis MacNeice was an Irish poet and playwright. He was part of the generation of "thirties poets" that included W. H. Auden, Stephen Spender and Cecil Day-Lewis, nicknamed "MacSpaunday" as a group — a name invented by Roy Campbell, in his Talking Bronco (1946).


  • In 1930 MacNeice accepted a post as classics lecturer at the University of Birmingham, a position he held until 1936, when he went on to teach Greek at Bedford College for Women, University of London. In 1941, he joined the British Broadcasting Company as a staff writer and producer. Like many modern English poets, MacNeice found an

    audience for his work through British radio. Some of his best-known plays, including 'Christopher Columbus' (1944), and 'The Dark Tower' (1946), were originally written for radio and later published.

    In addition to his poetry and radio dramas, MacNeice also wrote the verse translation 'The Agamemnon of

    Aeschylus' (1936), translated Goethe's 'Faust' (1951), and collaborated with Auden on the 'travelogue Letters from Iceland' (1937).


  • The Agamemnon (1936, translations Aeschylus)
  • Christopher Columbus (1944, radio play)
  • He Had a Date (1944, radio play)
  • The Dark Tower (1947, radio play)


Denomination: Anglican


  • father: John MacNeice
  • mother: Lily (d. 1914)
  • Step-mother: Georgina Greer (stepmother after 1917)
  • Sister: Elizabeth (b. 1903, d. 1981)
  • brother: William (b. 1905, d. 1968)
  • Wife: Giovanna Marie Thérèse Babette Ezra ("Mary Ezra", Jewish, m. 1930, div. 1936/37)
  • Son: Daniel John MacNeice (b. 15-May-1934)
  • Life partner (Girlfriend): Nancy Coldstream (painter, affair in 1930s, b. 1909, d. 2001)
Louis MacNeice
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Born September 12, 1907
Died September 3, 1963
(aged 55)
  • 1921 - 1926
    Marlborough College, Wiltshire
  • 1926 - 1930
    Oxford University
  • 1930 - 1936
    Asstent Lecturer, University of Birmingham
    Birmingham, United Kingdom, United Kingdom
  • 1936 - 1940
    Teacher, Bedford College for Women
    London England


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