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1924 - 1974

1924 28 March Edmund leaves England to take up the post of Professor of English at Tokyo University, Japan.

1925 Summer Meets and begins an affair with Aki Hayashi.

1927 July Returns to England.

1928 November 'Undertones of War' published, with three reprints in December alone.

1930 February Begins a year's appointment as literary and assistant editor at the journal The Nation.

1931 February Marriage to Mary dissolved and decree nisi granted.

1931 March 'The Poems of Wilfred Owen' is published. Leaves Yalding for Merton College, Oxford where he takes up position of Fellow and Tutor in English.

1932 February Starts relationship with writer Sylva Norman.

1933 5 July Marries Sylva Norman.

1937 November 'An Elegy and Other Poems' published.

1939 Autumn Affair with Claire Poynting, 22 years his junior, begins in Oxford.

1940 Serves with the University Officer Training Corps, giving instruction in map reading.

1942 February Marriage to Sylva Norman ends. Resigns from Oxford to join Times Literary Supplement as a staff writer.

1945 29 May Edmund and Claire marry six years after their first meeting. The marriage lasts till Blunden's death and produces four daughters: Margaret, Lucy, Frances and Catherine.

1947 6 November Returns to Japan as Cultural Advisor with the UK Liaison Mission.

1950 May Leaves Japan to resume post at Times Literary Supplement.

1951 Awarded CBE for work in Japan.

1953 late September Sails to Hong Kong to take up position of Chair of English at Hong Kong University.

1956 Awarded Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry.

1964 Leaves Hong Kong to return to England and moves to the Suffolk village of Long Melford.

1966 February Elected Professor of Poetry at Oxford University, in succession to Robert Graves.

1968 Resigns Professorship on medical advice.

1968 July Publication of 'The Midnight Skaters: Poems for younger readers', chosen and introduced by C. Day Lewis.

1974 20 January Dies at home aged 77.

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