John Betjeman

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Birthday
28, 1906
Birthplace
England
Death Date
May 19, 1984 (77)
Birth Sign
Virgo
Birthday
28, 1906
Birthplace
England
Death Date
May 19, 1984 (77)

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About

Twentieth-century British poet and journalist whose works include Summoned By Bells and New Bats In Old Belfries. He was also a founder of the Victorian Society.

Before Fame

His family owned a business that produced Victorian-style furniture and household decorations.

Trivia

He became the Poet Laureate of England in 1972, following the 1966 publication of High and Low, his eighth collection of poetry.

Family Life

He married Penelope Chetwode, with whom he subsequently had two children.

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He resented his Oxford University tutor, C.S. Lewis, for not believing in his capacity for academic success; indeed, Betjeman failed his courses and dropped out of college.

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