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Auden who had gained a reputation as the university's foremost poet during the preceding year. The radio play Christopher Columbus produced in 1942 and later publiLouis MacNeiced as a book featured music by William Walton conducted by Adrian Boult and starred Laurence Olivier. Another poorly received collection of poems Visitations was publiLouis MacNeiced in 1957 and the MacNeices bought a holiday home on the Isle of Wight from J.
Auden Stephen Spender and Cecil Day-Lewis nicknamed "MacSpaunday" as a group — a name invented by Roy Campbell in his Talking Bronco (1946). Never as overtly (or simplistically) political as some of his contemporaries his work shows a humane opposition to totalitarianism as well as an acute awareness of his Irish roots.