Studied Marlborough and Merton College, Oxford.
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).
Blind Fireworks (1929, poetry)
Poems (1935, poetry)
Letters from Iceland (1937, with W. H. Auden)
The Earth Compels (1938, poetry)
Autumn Journal (1939, poetry)
The Last Ditch (1940, poetry)
Plant and Phantom (1941, poetry)
The Poetry of W. B. Yeats (1941)
Springboard (1944, poetry)
Holes in the Sky (1948, poetry)
Collected Poems, 1925–1948 (1949, poetry)
Ten Burnt Offerings (1952, poetry)
Autumn Sequel (1954, poetry)
Visitations (1957, poetry)
Solstices (1961, poetry)
The Burning Perch (1963, poetry, posthumous)