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MacNeice's first wife, Giovanna EzraIn 1930, while he was still at Oxford, he met and married his first wife, Giovanna Ezra, 1930. They divorced in 1936, leaving MacNeice as the single parent of their only child, a boy named Dan. MacNeice later married Hedli Anderson, a singer in 1942. They had a child, Corinna, but separated in 1960. MacNeice had many love affairs throughout his life, but he never seemed to have much luck with women. WH Auden once described MacNeice as a lover of woman and a lover of Donegal.
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After Oxford. MacNeice moved first to Birmingham to lecture in Classics. He finally moved to London, where he eventually joined the BBC as an Arts Producer, where his colleagues included Dylan Thomas. It was a hardworking, hard drinking environment. During this time, he produced many radio plays. The Dark Tower is considered the best of these. But during this period, his poetry suffered as a result of his work for the BBC.

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