SE Quadrant, Capitol Hill, LGBTQ, Major Literary Awardees, Translators, U.S. Poets Laureate

Stephen Spender
(February 28,1909 – July 16, 1995)

323 Second Street SE, Capitol Hill neighborhood, DC.

Spender lived here while serving as US Poet Laureate Consultant, from 1965 to 1966.

Spenderwas born in London, and lived for periods of time in Germany. He served in the Spanish Civil War, and edited the journals Horizon and Encounter. Beginning in 1954, he taught at various American colleges, as well as at University College in London. He was knightedby the British Queen in 1983.

Spender is the author of 18 collections of poems, as well as plays, short fiction, a novel, nonfiction, and a memoir. His poetry books include: Vienna (1934), The Edge of Being (1949), and The Generous Days (1971). His nonfiction books include Life and the Poet (1942), European Witness (1946), and The Making of a Poem (1955), as well as critical studies of T.S. Eliot and W.H. Auden.


Also earlier home of Conrad Aiken .

Photo of author courtesy of Library of Congress.