Thom Gunn



Thom Gunn | The Poetry Foundation | 14356

Thomson William Gunn was born in Gravesend, Kent on 29 August 1929 and died of acute polysubstance abuse, including methamphetamine in San Francisco, USA on 25 April 2004. Both of his parents were journalists, and they divorced when he was 10 years old. During the second world war he was evacuated to the countryside. His life was marked by tragedy when, as a teenager, his mother committed suicide. After relocating from England first to Stanford College, US in 1954 and then in 1960 to Haight Ashbury, San Francisco, Gunn, openly gay, wrote about gay-related topics — particularly in his most famous work, The Man With Night Sweats, in 1992, as well as drug use, sex, and topics related to his bohemian lifestyle. He won numerous major literary awards.


Thom Gunn | Arizona University | 14357



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