William Empson

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Birthday
27, 1906
Birthplace
England
Death Date
Apr 15, 1984 (77)
Birth Sign
Libra
Birthday
27, 1906
Birthplace
England
Death Date
Apr 15, 1984 (77)

About

A British poet, academic, and literary critic, he is perhaps best known for Seven Types of Ambiguity, published in 1930. His other notable works include Some Versions of Pastoral, The Structure of Complex Words, and Milton's God.

Before Fame

He was a scholarship student at Magdalene College, Cambridge until allegations of sexual relations with a young woman ended his university career.

Trivia

He taught in China, Japan, the United States, and England.

Family Life

He was the child of Laura Mickelthwait Empson and Arthur Reginald Empson.

Associated With

He became friends with George Orwell in 1941, while both men were working for the foreign broadcasts department of the BBC.

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